First Boxing Club opens doors to women in Gaza

Lamees Abu Al-Qomsan, a 9-year-old female boxer, warms up during training inside the first women's boxing center in Gaza City January 17, 2023.

Lamees Abu Al-Qomsan, a 9-year-old female boxer, warms up during training inside the first women’s boxing center in Gaza City January 17, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

GAZA— At the only girls’ boxing club in Gaza, 15-year-old Farah Abu Al-Qomsan is practicing her moves, exchanging stabs and punches with other girls in training. with coach Osama Ayoub at the Palestine Boxing Center.

Since taking up the sport at the age of 9, Farah has found relief from the daily stresses of life in Gaza, a narrow coastal strip where some 2.3 million Palestinians live. blockaded by both Israel and neighboring Egypt.

“We used to practice in a small garage. Now we train by the full rules and release the bad energy,” said the 15-year-old, at the territory’s first women-only boxing center.

Six years ago, Ayoub, started with two girls. As more people join, they leave the garage and start practicing on the beach or in rented spaces before moving to the new club building.

“The girls are ready. I trained them hard for five years,” Ayoub said. “We are setting an example.”

Now, about 40 girls train at the center with its full-size boxing ring, training equipment and posters of boxing heroes like Mike Tyson on the wall, defying expectations in an area where boxing has traditionally been a men’s sport.

Farah said: “Some people used to say to me, ‘Why boxing, what do you get from it, learn something feminine’. “I benefited greatly from boxing and today my ambition is to represent my Palestinian people and participate in the world championships.”


Get the hottest sports news right in your inbox

Continue reading

Do not miss the latest news and information.

Register QUESTIONER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer and more than 70 other titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to news, download as early as 4am and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints or requests, Contact us.


News7F: Update the world's latest breaking news online of the day, breaking news, politics, society today, international mainstream news .Updated news 24/7: Entertainment, the World everyday world. Hot news, images, video clips that are updated quickly and reliably

Related Articles

Back to top button