Kuwait: Islamic Women’s Association (IWA) gave a warm reception at Central Hall Salmiya to the “Strong Woman” Majiziya Bhanu who was on a short visit to Kuwait.
Majiziya Bhanu who won the gold medals for India after lifting the highest accumulated total in the squat, bench and deadlift in her weight category and was crowned Best Lifter at the 2018 World Powerlifting Association’s World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
During the reception she interacted with the executive committee members of IWA. While answering their various questions she said that the kind of powerlifting she is doing requires a strong mindset and confidence, "I feel proud to wear the hijab, which is a part of my identity. It does not limit me in any way but gives me dignity and strength," She said.
Bhanu, who is currently studying dentistry, began intensive powerlifting training during the end of 2016. She has also been selected as the strongest woman of Kerala thrice by the Kerala State Powerlifting Association. She has won a silver medal for the country in The Asian Powerlifting Championship 2017, held at Indonesia and a gold medal in The Woman’s Fitness Physique, 2018 held at Darbar Hall Stadium, Kochi.
IWA President Mehabooba Anees presided over the function, Nisha Ashraf, Hafzah Ismael, Najuma Shareef, Waheeda Faisal, Shameena Khader, Sameera Khaleel and Raihana Noushad delivered felicitation speeches. IWA President Mehabooba Anees handed over the Memento to Majiziya Bhanu, IWA Secretary Mubeena Firoz welcomed the gathering and Majiziya Bhanu in her reply speech expressed her gratitude and appreciated IWA activities in Kuwait.
Kuwait: IWA honors hijabi powerlifter Majiziya Bhanu