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  • Malayali Homemaker Libas P Bava Won Gold Medal for Weightlifting at International Competition

    Published on November 21, 2023

     Kochi: Libas P Bava, a homemaker hailing from Kochi, has once again proven her prowess on the international stage by securing a gold medal at the Mediterranean International Open Masters Weightlifting for Women (35 – 39) representing the country in 87kg category, held in Marco Polo, Greece. This victory marks her fifth international medal, showcasing her remarkable journey in the world of weightlifting.

    Libas P Bava, mentored by Ernakulam NIS Coach Gopala Krishnan, has a notable history in International competitions. She has successfully competed in events such as the Masters Commonwealth, Masters World Cup, Asian Championship, and Asia Pacific, earning accolades and medals at each turn.

    Originally a powerlifter during her college days at Newman College, Thodupuzha, Libas transitioned to weightlifting, propelling herself from the district to the state and eventually the national level. However, her promising career took a hiatus of 11 years after marriage.

    Last year, Libas made a triumphant return to the sport, overcoming challenges and obstacles. Her husband, Saadhique Ali, a businessman and film producer, played a pivotal role in encouraging and supporting her comeback. 

    Reflecting on her recent achievement, Libas stated, “This competition was very tough, considering the circumstances. My husband was battling pneumonia, and my father was hospitalized with liver cirrhosis and kidney failure. I spent time with my father in the three weeks leading up to the competition, witnessing his deteriorating health. Despite the challenging circumstances and the lack of proper practice, I proceeded to participate and I want to dedicate my win to them,” said Libas. 

    With her sights set on the future, Libas is gearing up for the Oceanic Championship in Australia scheduled for June.

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