Known as the first hijabi weightlifter in the Gulf and the first Arab woman to compete in Crossfit, Amna Al Haddad has been elevated to an inspirational icon for Muslim women and aspiring athletes.
The 27-year-old Emirati started off her journey as a fitness blogger and a full-time journalist for a local newspaper, but quickly realised that her passion didn’t stop at writing about it.
“I used to work for a newspaper in the past, and I noticed that my passion is actually sports and it’s not being a full-time journalist. So I decided to quit my job and pursue sports full-time, but I had absolutely no plans on how to go about it,” Amna Al Haddad told Sport360.
It was a bold decision on her part, but the weightlifter made it work for her with her constant hard work and dedication.
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has addressed the topic of Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter's positive drug test that saw Bolt stripped of a ninth Olympic gold.
Bolt admits that he holds no grudges against Carter, whose tested samples from 2008 were found to contain traces of banned substance methylhexaneamine.
In an interview with CNN World Sport's Amanda Davies, Bolt said: “I haven’t spoken to him. But I have no hard feelings."
The Jamaican sprinter also exclaimed that he is not worried about being stripped of more relay medals.
"I’m not worried about that. If I lose all of my relay Gold medals, for me I did what I had to do with my personal goals and that’s what counts," said Bolt.
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt led his Bolt All-Stars to victory on the opening night of the inaugural Nitro Athletics teams event in Melbourne on Saturday.
The world record holder for the 100m and 200m sprints led the Bolt All Stars -- including athletes from Jamaica, the USA and Kenya -- against teams representing Australia, England, New Zealand, Japan and China.
The 30-year-old Jamaican sprint star ran in the final event on the programme, the 4x100m mixed relay, featuring two male and two female athletes from each team, as did fellow Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Asafa Powell.
With their captain running the unfamiliar second leg, handing over to American Jenna Prandini, the Bolt All Stars won that race to notch up their fourth outright win of the night and finish with a total of 1080 points.
"It was just a wonderful night. I was just enjoying myself from the start to the end," Bolt said.