KARACHI: Kulsoom Hazara the girl who lost her parents before she was 10 years old, is now is the inspiration of millions of girls who have taken up the underrated sports of karate as their career in life.
Kulsoom Hazara was born on 4 September 1988 in Quetta. She lost her mother when she was only two when she was the youngest of three sisters and a brother. At the time Kulsoom’s father admitted her to a local karate club when she was only five years old.
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In childhood, she remained depressed and now Karate became the only way out of pulling Kulsoom from depression. She spent more and more time in the karate club and developed her fighting skills.
Kulsoom’s first major tournament was the Sindh Games of 2000 in Hyderabad, where she proved her mettle by bagging three gold medals in her weight category. Furthermore, she took bronze at the National Women’s Karate Championship.
Since 2002, she has been a consistent competitor at the national level, winning dozens of gold medals. Kulsoom later moved to Wapda, after briefly leading the army, and she still represents the department in all activities at the national level.
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The brilliant performance of Kulsoom also saw her returning home from the 2016 South Asian Karate Championship in New Delhi with a gold and silver medal. She was also awarded the ‘Icon of the Nation’ and the ‘Excellence Award’ award in karate sports on August 14, 2017.
Representing Pakistan Kulsoom Hazara has won many other awards nationally and internationally in the field of Karate.
12th National Women Karate Championship 2018, Sahiwal — 2 gold medals
33rd National Games 2019, Peshawar — 2 gold medals
13th National Women Karate Championship 2019, Lahore — 2 gold medals
18th Asian Games 2018, Jakarta Palembang — Participated
Karate 1 Series A 2018, Shanghai China — Participated
13th South Asian Games 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal — 1 gold and 1 silver