Eight months pregnant athlete clinches Taekwondo gold medal
Aminat Idrees, 26, who’s eight months pregnant, received within the Blended Poomsae class in Taekwondo, organizers mentioned Monday, describing her achievements as “inspiring.”
Idrees informed CNN Wednesday that she feels elated by her accomplishment on the occasion which passed off in Edo State.
“It is such a privilege for me. I simply determined to provide it a attempt after coaching a few occasions… It feels actually good,” she mentioned.
“Earlier than I acquired pregnant, I’ve at all times loved coaching, so it did not appear completely different with being pregnant,” Idrees added.
Nonetheless, not everybody has discovered her participation within the video games inspiring.
Some have criticized her for participating within the sport due to her superior stage of being pregnant.
However others defended her involvement within the sports activities competition.
Idrees mentioned a lot of her critics are unaware of the assorted types of Taekwondo.
“Lots of people do not perceive what Taekwondo is definitely about. I really feel that is an avenue to teach folks about this. Taekwondo has two branches: the fight sport and Poomsae — which is a type of train…simply displaying the hand and leg methods in Taekwondo. I participated in Poomsae occasion,” she informed CNN.
“I felt there wasn’t a lot danger connected to it, so I made a decision to provide it a attempt. My physician, in addition to the organizing physique of the video games licensed me match to take part within the non-contact sport,” the expectant mom added.
In a press release despatched to CNN Wednesday afternoon, the chairman of the organizing committee of this 12 months’s Nationwide Sports activities Pageant, Philip Shaibu, mentioned Idrees was allowed to take part within the video games after medical examination.
“She was licensed and cleared to take part. She had additionally been coaching for months previous to her participation within the match,” Shaibu mentioned.