Indian lifter Majiziya Bhanu has won the Best Lifter Award in the World Powerlifting Association’s World Cup held in Moscow from 14-16 December 2018. Majiziya, who hails from Kerala, won gold in the Open Category Power-lifting. Team India has won several medals and the overall Gold for team points.
Alhamdulillah. I am feeling very happy, very proud. I never experienced the same before. I am experiencing a great moment. I still can’t believe that I made it.
Majiziya told Two Circles
Majiziya Bhanu hails from the small village of Orkkatteri in Kozhikode district in Kerala. She entered the field of power-lifting and arm wrestling quite unexpectedly in 2016, and ever since has only moved forward.
In 2016, Majiziya took an interest in boxing but gave it up as she was not allowed to enter the ring wearing braces. She turned to powerlifting and won the coveted ‘Strong Woman of Kerala’ title thrice in the event organised by Kerala Powerlifting Association thrice. She also won a silver medal in the Asian Powerlifting Championship in 2017.
Bhanu has won several medals in national and international events.
In 2018, she was crowned Miss Kerala in the Mr. Kerala Competition organized by the Bodybuilding Association of Kerala and the Sports Council of Kerala, making her the only hijab-clad woman to win the prize.
I wear a hijab and I am proud of it as it’s my identity. I felt special and unique when I was on stage wearing one. If a woman is free to show her body, why should she not be free to cover it? I want to let the world know that the hijab is never an obstacle for a woman who wants to achieve the impossible. It’s not just a piece of cloth, it offers strength and dignity.
She had also participated in the 40th World Arm-wrestling Championship held in Turkey in October 2018.
The 24-year old is a final-year student of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Science) in Mahe.