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From Slums of Kolkata To An International Karate Champion- Meet Ayesha Noor

The Logical Indian

July 20th, 2015

(Video By: India Today , Images By:

In spite of being affected by epileptic fits, eighteen year old Ayesha Noor has achieved what would otherwise seem impossible to many. She has mastered Martial Arts to an extent that has led her to be the first Indian girl to win three gold medals for India on international platforms; the recent one, at Youth International Karate Championship in Bangkok this year.


Aysha, who lost her father six years ago, lives in the slums of Beniapukur in Kolkata with her family of six. With what her mother earns as a maid servant, and her brother, as a salesman at a roadside shoe store, they have somehow struggled to finance her Secondary Examinations, training expenses including the diet required for an athlete of her age, and also her demanding medications.


(Ayesha Noor with coach M.A. Ali and mother Shakila Begum)

Her efforts have had the constant support of her coach, M.A. Ali (a black belt in Karate) who has been training her since day one to this day, when she bears a black belt herself. Shakila Begum, her mother shares her joy of her daughter’s passion and success to prove the scope of girls belonging to the Indian society.


But at this point of her career, where he health needs to be taken care of, as much as the talent she has displayed, what Aysha needs most, is the support of Indians and the Government, to help her achieve what she looks forward to, for her country.


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