04 Sep 2018

Less than two months after her marriage on Monday 9th July, Farah Abdel-Aziz is on duty for Egypt at the 2018 ITTF-African Championships in Port Louis, Mauritius.

At the conclusion of the group stage of fixtures in the Women’s Team event, on Tuesday 4th September, she remains unbeaten.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Against South Africa she beat Thabisile Mtshoelibe (11-2, 11-2, 11-4), in opposition to Angola she accounted for Ruth Tavares ((11-3, 11-3, 11-8) as Egypt secured first place in the group without surrendering a single individual match.

However, being a wife, life for the 25 year old is now somewhat different.

Farah Abdel-Aziz explained.

“I must be sincere that it has been very exacting since I got married, particularly with regards to my training schedule. I am not as free as before, because I have a responsibility to care for our home and my husband. I am really trying to balance the two but it has not been easy.

Table tennis for me is life and it is not easy to just abandon it like that. I cannot do without practising each day. I work in the morning and go to training in the evening. Even when I am training I am thinking of my home.

I have a responsibility towards my husband but table tennis has been part of me since I was five, so dumping it now will not come easy. I am fortunate to have a supporting husband who understands me as he is a sportsman himself. He encourages me to go for training because he knows I love the game. He drives me and motivates me but I don’t want to take him for granted as I have to fulfil my responsibilities as wife.

I knew that if I had to marry, I must marry a sportsman who will understand me. So it was a conscious decision for me to marry a sportsman; so far this has really helped me. Being a sportsman himself, he knows I have to train to be in shape, so for me I am getting used to this new lifestyle and I hope I will be able to manage it well. Before my marriage, I only thought about myself but now, I have responsibilities to my husband and think of him as well.

My dream is to win an African title and I am also looking forward to competing at the 2019 African Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I will continue to play hoping that my dream will become a reality. I am also looking forward to having a baby but if the baby comes before the African Games I will have to stop and hope that I can return for the Games.

In Mauritius, it is going to be hard because there are lots of good players competing for the title but as usual I will try my best to see if I can make it this year. With players like Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong of Nigeria as well as the Algerians and my teammates, it promises to be tough but I am hopeful”

Farah Abdel-Aziz is married Assem El-Gendy, he is a basketball player.

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