A visibly pregnant Nigerian athlete has clinched a gold medal on the ongoing Nationwide Sports activities Pageant, securing gold within the multi-sport occasion, which occurs each two years within the nation.
Aminat Idrees, 26, who’s eight months pregnant, received within the Blended Poomsae class in Taekwondo, organizers stated Monday, describing her achievements as “inspiring.”
Idrees, who might be seen in a footage shared on Twitter demonstrating totally different fight strategies, additionally picked up different medals in a non-combat simulated class of Taekwondo often called Poomsae.
Idrees informed CNN Wednesday that she feels elated by her accomplishment on the occasion which occurred in Edo State.
“It’s such a privilege for me. I simply determined to present it a strive after coaching a few occasions… It feels actually good,” she stated.
“Earlier than I acquired pregnant, I’ve at all times loved coaching, so it didn’t appear totally different with being pregnant,” Idrees added.
Nevertheless, not everybody has discovered her participation within the video games inspiring.
Some have criticized her for collaborating within the sport due to her superior stage of being pregnant.
One Twitter consumer, Iga Moore, wrote: “This (is) relatively sickening than Inspiring.”
Whereas another commenter, Angela, stated: “That is how they get themselves into issues and stress maternity employees for preventable issues.”
However others defended her involvement within the sports activities pageant.
“I like the way in which she made the sequencing really easy to the eyes. Superior efficiency. Let these with the ignorant feedback bury their heads in disgrace. Poomsae isn’t a battle however a tactical mixture of actions in opposition to imaginary assaults,” stated Twitter user Tope Adebayo.
Idrees stated a lot of her critics are unaware of the assorted types of Taekwondo.
“Lots of people don’t perceive what Taekwondo is definitely about. I really feel that is an avenue to coach individuals about this. Taekwondo has two branches: the fight sport and Poomsae — which is a type of train…simply displaying the hand and leg strategies in Taekwondo. I participated in Poomsae occasion,” she informed CNN.
“I felt there wasn’t a lot threat hooked up to it, so I made a decision to present it a strive. 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 an announcement despatched to CNN Wednesday afternoon, the chairman of the organizing committee of this 12 months’s Nationwide Sports activities Pageant, Philip Shaibu, stated 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 event,” Shaibu stated.