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Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’ is breaking barriers

Hijab-clad wrestler uses sophisticated moves to take on her male opponents
A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world. Dressed in flame-patterned trousers, a black and orange hijab and top, Nor Diana uses sophisticated moves to throw and pin down her larger rivals in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.
Standing just 155 cm tall and weighing 43 kg, her speed and agility make her a match for almost any opponent. And far from being criticised by conservatives for throwing herself into wrestling, the 19-year-old has become a hit on social media and spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women. “Even though I am Muslim, and I wear the hijab, nothing can stop me from doing what I love,” she said in the ring after winning a recent fight. She takes part in Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW), which has similarities with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) of U.S. Nor Diana, a pseudonym as she prefers not to reveal her true identity, seems an unlikely wrestler — outside the ring, she is shy and soft-spoken, and her day job is working in a hospital. But when she puts on her wrestling gear, she transforms into the fearsome Phoenix. “As Phoenix, I’m a totally different person. She may be small, but she can do things that people can’t imagine,” said Ms. Nor Diana. Many Muslim women in the country wear the traditional headscarf and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements for females to dress modestly. “In the beginning it was always hard for me, because a lot of people said I can’t wrestle because I’m a Muslim and I wear the hijab,” she said. But the fierce wrestler has soldiered on, with her family’s full support, and enjoyed her greatest success until now in early July when she defeated four men and got crowned Malaysian wrestling champion. Initially she competed wearing a mask, to reduce the chances people would recognise her. But after losing a match last year she removed it and has been competing without one ever since. She remembered being fearful about the reaction — but her popularity has only increased since, with thousands now following her on social media, helping to boost wrestling’s profile in Malaysia.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/malaysias-phoenix-is-breaking-barriers/article28533387.ece

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