Shillong: Three Pakistani women made history this weekend as they stepped into the boxing ring at the South Asian Games (SAG) in India, the first time the conservative Muslim nation has fielded women boxers internationally.
Khoushleem Bano, Rukhsana Parveen and Sofia Javed say to achieve their dream of competing they had to battle conservative groups in Pakistan who believe women should not participate in the sport.
"It was not an easy path for us when we shared our idea of women taking up the sport in a conservative country like Pakistan.
"There were a lot of people who didn't accept us and tried to stop us from participating," the 23-year-old Bano said in Shillong.
Bano's hopes of winning a medal were cut short on Saturday night when she lost her first fight to Nepal's Minu Gurung in the fly-weight (51kg) category.
"It was a good experience for me. I will come back stronger next time," Bano said.