Srinagar: Taking inspiration from Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom, a budding young female in Kashmir is breaking all stereotypes in the state. Andleeb Zehra, who comes from a middle class family, lives in Magam village, District Budgam.
Since childhood Andleeb has been fond of sports and used to take part in sports activities during her school days.Upon watching Marry Kom boxing in the ring, Andleeb decided to join boxing and started taking classes at the indoor stadium from professional coaches.
Andleeb credits her parents and friends for the overwhelming support she has been getting and encouraging her to take part in the sport."My family supported me. In fact my family and fervidness were very happy with my decision," Andleeb said.
She says that studies and sports need a harmonious balance which is pertinent to lead a healthy life."I don`t think it would have any negative impact on studies. I reckon sports and education carry equal importance. It is necessary to have a healthy life," Andleeb said.
"I think boxing is a very good sport for women. This helps them to have a self defence. This sport provides good opportunities to women, as such one can participate in Olympics as well," she added.
So far Andleeb Zehra has participated in many events in the state and recently won Silver medal in state Boxing Championship which was held at Jammu.Andleeb has now dream to become like marry Kom and earn medals for country.Her coach, Farooq Khan said that Andleeb has the sporting skills will win many medals in the future.