Pregnant Athlete will Compete in the Olympics
Malaysian Shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi will be eight months pregnant this summer. Unlike other expectant mothers, she’s actually scheduled to participate in the 10m air rifle event in the London Olympics.
Doctors, as well as her husband and Olympic officials have given her the OK to compete, even at the late stage of her pregnancy.
“My aim is to compete,” Suryani told Reuters. “Maybe, at the end of June or whatsoever, if I have some problem that would jeopardise the baby inside me, I will reconsider whether I am going or not. But I feel I am strong and my husband says ‘as long as you feel like that, energized to do that, it seems like that is your baby talking to you so you go’.
Suryani qualified for the Olympic event during the Asian Shooting Championships in January, just a few days after finding out about her pregnancy.
While she will have to make some concessions, like skipping the closing ceremonies and bowing out of the 50m competition, the expectant mom is ready for the challenge. “I will talk to the baby before I compete… ‘no kicking, stay calm for one hour and 15 minutes only please,” Suryani quips.