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Iraq: Kurdish woman aims for international bodybuilding stardom

Iraq, Ranya
May 20, 2019 at 14:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dilkhosh Abdullah, a female bodybuilder from Ranya in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been collecting medals and prizes from regional competitions, hoping to make it big on the international scene.

Footage shot on Monday shows her training routine, consisting of an hour to an hour and a half of various weight lifting and body weight exercises.

"Some elderly men often ask me where I train and tell me they want their families to join me. I get comments like that from time to time," said Abdullah, who started bodybuilding two and a half years ago, following her childhood dream.

Her coach, Rawa Abdulrahman, said, "she has a bright future ahead of her if, God willing, she participates in international championships."

She has won three prizes for women in the Iraqi Kurdistan, including one at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Professional League Erbil international championship in 2019.

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Dilkhosh Abdullah, a female bodybuilder from Ranya in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been collecting medals and prizes from regional competitions, hoping to make it big on the international scene.

Footage shot on Monday shows her training routine, consisting of an hour to an hour and a half of various weight lifting and body weight exercises.

"Some elderly men often ask me where I train and tell me they want their families to join me. I get comments like that from time to time," said Abdullah, who started bodybuilding two and a half years ago, following her childhood dream.

Her coach, Rawa Abdulrahman, said, "she has a bright future ahead of her if, God willing, she participates in international championships."

She has won three prizes for women in the Iraqi Kurdistan, including one at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Professional League Erbil international championship in 2019.

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W/S Abdullah running

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M/S Abdullah working out

M/S Abdullah working out

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W/S Abdullah working out

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M/S Abdullah working out

SOT, Dilkhosh Abdullah, Bodybuilder (Kurdish): "My name is Dilkhosh Abdullah, I live in Ranya, and two and a half years ago I started bodybuilding, which has been my dream since I was a child. Thank God I've been getting good results, bringing pride to my city and myself."

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SOT, Dilkhosh Abdullah, Bodybuilder (Kurdish): "Some people are rude, others are kind. Some elderly men often ask me where I train and tell me they want their families to join me. I get comments like that from time to time."

W/S Abdullah working out

W/S Abdullah working out

SOT, Rawa Abdulrahman, Bodybuilding coach (Kurdish): "She is in good shape, and she's been taking part in many championships, where she is successful, which makes me think she has a bright future ahead of her if, God willing, she participates in international championships."

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SOT, Rawa Abdulrahman, Bodybuilding coach (Kurdish): "We get many questions about how often she trains, what programs she does here, and how long it would take someone else to look like her. I think she looks great."

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M/S Abdullah working out

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