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Maria in the Media
Maria Toorpakai Wazir is a 22 year-old Squash player from South Waziristan, a highly conservative area of Pakistan. Many girls there aren't allowed to leave their homes and if they do they must be with a male member of their family
Maria Toorpakai is so passionate about sport that she once disguised herself as a boy to enter a weightlifting competition. She comes from Waziristan - the ultra conservative region of Pakistan which is home to the Taliban, where many strongly believe that women should not take part in any kind of sport.
Pakistan’s Maria Toorpakai: Real Sports
Pakistan’s Maria Toorpakai had to live as a boy to play sports under the Taliban rule. Now she is one of the top female squash players in the world. Real Sports premiered Tues, Feb. 19 at 10pm ET/PT on HBO.
Pakistani sportswoman chases her dreams
Maria Toorpakai Wazir has had to make tough decisions to pursue her dreams of playing squash at the highest level.
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