Born in a Pashtun family in 1990 in South Waziristan, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Maria is currently ranked 54th in the world, and is Pakistan No. 1. The only way Maria could play sport as a woman was to disguise herself as a boy. When her gender was revealed in order for her to train professionally in squash, Maria and her family received death and kidnap threats as her actions were perceived as 'un-Islamic.' The Pakistani national squash federation provided security for her home and training venue, however Maria decided it was a safer option to seek an opportunity to train internationally.Maria lives and trains in Toronto, Canada, under former professional squash player Jonathon Power.
Shocked by the horrible Ahmadpur Sharqia incident today.The real reason is that today, there is so much gap... https://t.co/GNyp48D0RK
by @MariaToorpakai - yesterday
Eid with Nemyria and Chowdhury..:) https://t.co/KBwsSOASEc
Today is Eid but we are living the reality of these brutal incidents in Quetta and Parachinar. It's a sad day and... https://t.co/DAge4PyT1B
by @MariaToorpakai - 2 days ago
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