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.
Very Disturbing ...heard about #MashalKhan murder !! https://t.co/8K8drt9B9N
by @MariaToorpakai - 6 days ago
@RehmanOoo . @AyeshaGulalai & @MariaToorpakai alws working for our FATA ppl. Together we rise above all hardships! Amin
by @MariaToorpakai - 17 days ago
Today World is witnessing the Syrian genocide which reminds us of Rwanda & Holocaust.The world is looking up to... https://t.co/Z4ds4sjHOT
by @MariaToorpakai - 18 days ago
April 6th, International Day of Sport for Development and Peace..Sports contributing to peace, inclusion & unity.... https://t.co/0HaIFFmhLn
by @MariaToorpakai - 19 days ago
Peace and Sport launch the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), on April 6, at the... https://t.co/qLqCIj2azD
by @MariaToorpakai - 28 days ago
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