Downtown Girl to represent country in Philippines.
Kashmir News - By Musaib Mushtaq
Musaib Mushtaq/Brighter Kashmir
Hailing from Downtown Srinagar Fiza Nazir, daughter of ex athlete is going to represent India in Arnis International Championship. Fiza is the first girl from Kashmir who has represented Kashmir at various platforms. She was in the third standard at school when she got associated with martial arts and went to play at the national level. A year later, her first out-of-state national game happened in Rajasthan. Apart from her father, her mother had a fear of how can her daughter manage things. It was the neighbors, back in Kashmir, who raised the objections.Over the years, 19-year-old has won 11 Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze medals, and 5 state trophies, and green, blue and yellow belt. Once, when she was selected for the national competition in Chennai, Fiza dropped her academic year for the game.
“I chose the game over examination,” she said while talking with Brighter Kashmir. – Fiza
She broke many barriers, including social stigma around her gender, to reach heights in her field. In 2018, she becomes international Gold Medalist at Thang-Ta International Championship. She defeated competitors from various countries including Korea, China, and the Philippines.
Fiza Nazir gives most of the credit for the achievements to her coach, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, who is associated with sports for the last twenty years. She admits that it wouldn’t have been possible for her to win these awards without his guidance. “Winning or losing is the part of the sports, but giving moral support to a player pushes him/her for success,” she says.
Despite multiple injuries, her passion and spirit doesn’t vanished in her . The fighter kept walking in-between the stones flying in the air and smoke choking her breath.
Continuing her practice, she said, “Sometimes due to protests in the locality, it becomes difficult for me to go outside. But, I always make it possible to do not miss my practice classes.”
Fiza was also awarded by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir after she won the title of “World,s Best Fighter”. Fiza was appreciated by verious personalities after her story was published in Brighter Kashmir Newspaper. I was appreciated by everyone after I won the title but the sport’s council was only the one who even didn’t send a congratulations message to me said Fiza as she feels very much disappointed with sports council. Fiza,s parents are very much happy with her as she is making the dream of her father true. Fiza Nazir’s father, Mr. Kak, an ex-athlete, believes that his daughter has achieved heights in the game, “I don’t have any son. She broke the stereotype for dreaming of having a son.”
Now, Fiza is going to represent country in Philippines. It was impossible without the support of parents says fiza.