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Shuttler Hadia Hosny: Parliamentarian and an Olympian

Published: 23rd Jul 2021 12:00 pm

Hyderabad: Meet Hadia Hosny of Egypt. She is World No. 40 in women’s doubles in badminton and a three-time Olympian. The 32-year-old is also a parliamentarian in Egypt in the Sport and Welfare committee.

 

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According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Hosny makes her way to Tokyo 2020 for what will be her third Games. The 32-year-old is also studying for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Cairo, which she hopes to complete by 2022.

“I’ve been doing so many things, but I love whatever I’m doing and I love to succeed in it,” said the Egyptian.

She further said: “I give everything my best. I work hard, even if I’m not talented, but I just love to work hard. I love what I’m doing, whether it’s pharmacology or playing badminton, being a Member of Parliament, or coaching the kids or Paralympics. Whatever I’m into, I put no end to my dreams,” said Hosny.

“At Beijing 2008, there was huge excitement for me. I qualified very late, just 10 days before the Olympic Games. This time around, it’s very, very special to me, because I’m representing Egypt as a player and as a Member of Parliament. So it’s a big responsibility,” said the MP from Cairo.

The BWF further said Hosny spares time to coach children and in particular, young girls. “I really feel proud to be able to impress the youth and be a role model for them to try harder to be able to reach their dreams,” she said.

She, in fact, had tested Covid-19 positive and could not participate in a few tournaments. “It’s really, really hard to manage my roles as a player and MP. It needs very good time management. I’ve been stressed the last few months, I had Covid-19 at the end of the Olympic race, which meant I couldn’t go to one of the tournaments,” said the 2020 Kenya International women’s doubles champion.

Hosny and Doha Hany are drawn in women’s Group B in Tokyo. She had missed the 2016 Rio Games. “It has come after nine years of hard work,” she added.

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