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.
@BDUTT . Dear Barkha. May I have your contact info please ? Would love to reach out to you on phone .Need to discuss some imp matter. Thanks
by @MariaToorpakai - 5 days ago
Traditional handmade Waziristani frock embellished with a lot of silver coins and bells, 12 yards of colorful... https://t.co/M104vYusOn
by @MariaToorpakai - 20 days ago
@UN @peaceandsport. I strongly suggest that Kashmir be declared a Separate Independent state by joining together... https://t.co/6V5srw6icx
by @MariaToorpakai - 29 days ago
RT @peaceandsport: We still have a great deal to do as regards gender equity, sport can make things better @MariaToorpakai
With The Guardian https://t.co/AxaR7wjvqv @girlunbound @peaceandsport #squashthegap https://t.co/GfXnPIDkzA
by @MariaToorpakai - one month ago
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