Majiziya Bhanu – a 23 YO Hijab-clad International Power lifter Makes us Proud by Breaking Stereotype
6 October 2018
Whenever we think of powerlifters, a person with a well-built up body and protruding muscles comes first to our mind. Well then meet the 23-year-old hijab-clad powerlifter, Majiziya Bhanu who has broken this common image of the powerlifters. Majiziya pursued the powerlifting sport for one year and now she is known for being the winner of the Women Power Lifting Champion.
Majiziya did her schooling from Islamic Academy English Higher Secondary School at Kottakkal Vtakara. Currently, she is pursuing her dentistry (BDS) final year from Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Mahe.
Since her childhood, Majiziya has been actively involved in different sports activities but her village lacked the basic sports facilities. With the support of her family members, she was able to enter into the world of male-centric sports like powerlifting.
Life took turn when she joined boxing classes in Calicut and there is where her trainer advised her to go for powerlifting as she wore braces that may prove to be dangerous at the ring. After turning to powerlifting, she also won the title of ‘Strong Woman of Kerala’ three times.
Also, she was coveted with a silver medal in the Asian Powerlifting Championship in the year 2017. Majiziya won her 1st gold medal at the Calicut District championship of Powerlifting.
After that, she won both silver and gold medals in different national and international championships over the past two years. In this short span of time, Majiziya has been able to achieve numerous awards. Her upcoming championship includes the 4th World Arm Wrestling Championship 2018 that would be held at Antalya, Turkey. In this event, she would be the only Woman Arm Wrestler in the Open Category which is indeed a proud moment for our nation.
Majiziya says that she is proud of her hijab identity. She feels that if a woman is free to show her body, then she should also be free to cover her body. Her hijab-clad identity offers her dignity and strength.
While many times, her hijab has been subjected to restriction, but that didn’t let her down. Now she has reached the international stage as a hijab-clad powerlifter and luckily the rules and guidelines did not hinder her way to success.
The 23-year-old gives the credit for her success to her trainers and parents. Her three special trainers are- Jayadas (Jaya Gym Calicut for Powerlifting), Saleesh (EV Popeye Fitness Center Calicut for Arm Wrestling) and Shammas Abdul Lateheef (Hamstring Fitness Center Vatakara).
Majiziya’s success has inspired several girls from her village to take interest over their fitness. Before her village had 3-4 gyms but in the past two years, quite a good number of gyms has come up which elates Majiziya. She further says that,
“We are as equal as or more than man. Every woman has some talent which must be followed.”
During an interview with WOC, she shared that her future plan is to become an accomplished doctor and also to set up her own bodybuilding academy in her village where she would be able to empower women and teach them multi-disciplinary sports activities like arm wrestling, bodybuilding, and powerlifting. She also wishes to be the part of more upcoming international events by making the country even prouder.
Majiziya is indeed a woman of courage as we could clearly see her blind love and passion for powerlifting. Even after facing so many restrictions she went to do what she always wanted to pursue with the immense support of her parents.
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