Ramla Ali: The Muslim boxer who kept her triumphs secret from her family
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It’s something to tell your mum about – winning a national championship. But Ramla Ali preferred to keep her boxing career secret. She was a refugee from Somalia who discovered boxing in London’s East End.

“My mum… in her eyes to be a good Muslim girl you have to be fully covered. But I think just different things work for different people.”

We visited her gym in London to talk family secrets and representing Somalia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


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