Enter disguised as a boy: how Maria Toorpakai rose to squash stardom | Karen McVeigh

Enter disguised as a boy: how Maria Toorpakai rose to squash stardom | Karen McVeigh

As a promising female athlete from a conservative, male-dominated area of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai was forced to pose as a boy to learn her craft

In a mountainous land, where girls rarely leave their homes and sport is forbidden, a young child vows to follow her dream of becoming an athlete. To do so, she dresses as a boy.

The life of Maria Toorpakai, who overcame cultural restrictions to become an international squash player, reads like a Hollywood script.

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It was a strange thing for people to accept a girl playing sport. I stuck out and people started noticing that

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