"It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs but with my family by my side, I knew I won’t ever give up!"
"It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs but with my family by my side, I knew I won’t ever give up!"

MMA athlete Anita Karim, who defeated her Indonesian opponent Gita Suharsono in One Warrior Series (OWS) in Singapore on February 28, was given a hero's reception upon her return home this weekend.

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Karim, who has bagged her second international win, flew back to Pakistan this weekend and was welcomed with flowers, praise and dance at the Islamabad International Airport.

She posted about her win on Facebook, thanking her family and supporters. "It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs but with my family by my side, I knew I won’t ever give up!"

Photo: Anita Karim Facebook
Photo: Anita Karim Facebook

"Here is to everyone who supported me and helped me get here. My brothers, my coaches Aatif Imtiaz, Ali Sultan, Ehtisham Karim to whom I owe everything that I am today! My home team Fight Fortress Islamabad where I learnt everything and became who I have become."

She thanked the training team for pushing her to do her best, and lastly she gave a "shout out to my Gilgit-Baltistan family for always supporting me and backing me to keep going forward. This is for all of you; all the women out there!"

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