Pakistan has seen the rise of some of the best athletes in the world. From squash stars to cricket players, we have immense talent when it comes to sports. Kulsoom Hazara is one such name that gained popularity back in 2017. Unfortunately, many people still do not know who this champion is and what greatness she brings to the karate arena.
Born in Quetta on September 4, 1988, Kulsoom has not had an easy childhood. She was the youngest sibling in her family with three elder sisters and a brother. Her mother passed away when she was only two years old after which Kulsoom’s father had to raise all the children. When she turned five, her father took her to a local karate club owned by her cousin. Sarwar taught her everything she knows about karate and became part of the family later after marrying Kulsoom’s elder sister. When Kulsoom turned nine, her father passed away suddenly, leaving his children to take care of themselves. All the siblings stepped up and little Kulsoom became more ambitious to become something better and greater.
Since 2000, she has been participating in local competitions and gradually making a name for herself. Her first international appearance came in the fourth Islamic Women Games in Tehran in 2005, where she secured fifth position. In 2010, she on two bronze medals in the South Asian Games in Dhaka. She was proud to represent her country in the international arena and raising the flag of Pakistan high for all to see. In the 2016 South Asian Karate Championship in New Delhi, Kulsoom managed to bag a gold and a silver medal for her excellent performance. She has also been given with the ‘Icon of the Nation’ award on March 23, 2017 and the ‘Excellence Award’ in sports on August 14, 2017.
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