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(Korkusuz Newspaper, 26 February 2017)
Zeynep hanım during office hours.
In Gaziantep, Zeynep Yılmaz (40), the handicapped, single mother of
two teenagers, has been arm wrestling World Champion twice, European
Champion 4 times and has won a total of 26 medals. Zeynep hanım earns
a living by selling water on the street.
When she was 8 years-old, Zeynep hanım took some expired medicine
and lost the use of her legs. Ten years ago she divorced and began to
invest her time in arm wrestling, which she has loved since childhood.
In time, she was selected to the Turkish national team to represent Turkey
Any takers?...I didn't think so.
But since arm wrestling is not an Olympic sport, there is no state support
for athletes such as Zeynep hanım. Because she suffers from a 96% bodily
handicap, Zeynep hanım has been unable to find a job and currently supports
herself and her two teenage children by selling water.