Aminat Idrees, 26, who’s eight months pregnant, gained within the Mixed Poomsae class in Taekwondo, organizers stated 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’s such a privilege for me. I just decided to give it a try after training a couple of times… It feels really good,” she stated.
“Before I got pregnant, I have always enjoyed training, so it didn’t seem different with pregnancy,” Idrees added.
However, 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.
But others defended her involvement within the sports activities pageant.
Idrees stated lots of her critics are unaware of the assorted types of Taekwondo.
“A lot of people don’t understand what Taekwondo is actually about. I feel this is an avenue to educate people about this. Taekwondo has two branches: the combat sport and Poomsae — which is a form of exercise…just displaying the hand and leg techniques in Taekwondo. I participated in Poomsae event,” she informed CNN.
“I felt there wasn’t much risk attached to it, so I decided to give it a try. My doctor, as well as the organizing body of the games certified me fit to participate in the non-contact sport,” the expectant mom added.
In an announcement despatched to CNN Wednesday afternoon, the chairman of the organizing committee of this yr’s National Sports Festival, Philip Shaibu, stated Idrees was allowed to take part within the video games after medical examination.
“She was certified and cleared to participate. She had also been training for months prior to her participation in the tournament,” Shaibu stated.