5 December 2016: Nanita Maharjan, a mother packed with self-confidence as well as muscles, has become Nepal’s first female bodybuilder to win a medal at the international level, claimed National Sports Council which is the South Asian country’s top sporting authority.
Ms Maharjan defeated Sun Su Ting of Taiwan and Alesandra Da Silva of Italy in the final round of the Women’s Athletic Physique category of the Eighth World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship held in Thailand over the weekend.
In a statement posted yesterday, the Sports Council termed the win a “historic” occasion for the country.
The bodybuilder, who bagged the bronze medal in the 165 maximum height event, is the mother of a seven year old son and has been training for only three years now. She is the only second female bodybuilder from Nepal to have participated in the apex bodybuilding competition of the world. Nirmala Maharjan was the first who participated in the 7th edition last year, also in Thailand.
“There is nothing a woman cannot do,” the weekly quoted the steel lady as saying, “I am very happy. I would not have achieved it without my family’s support.”
The family support Nanita Maharjan enjoys as she pursues her dream in international bodybuilding championship was evident from the fact that her husband, father, mother and even brother-in-law were present at the Ambassador City Hotel in Pattaya last Sunday.