There are many problems with girls in sport in Kuwait - people don’t really understand it here, nobody appreciates athletes. Men get financial support to be athletes, but there’s no such things for girls.
Sports is in my blood, I can’t go a day without training. I’ve been playing track [running] since 2009, on the national team. My number was the fastest running time in Kuwait, so I was taken to the Arab games with athletes who don’t take sport as a hobby, it’s their life, it’s their job - athletes I can’t compete with. Before you challenge anyone else, you have to challenge yourself. When you beat yourself, you have beaten everyone else. I train to break my own personal records.
Once I was the only one in a class in university to get an A on a midterm paper but my professor gave me a bad grade because I was out of the country, competing in the Arab Games. The professor himself used to play track and field and didn’t empathise. So your grades suffer if you hold Kuwait’s flag up abroad and bring back medals: We’re not getting the support we need.
The lactic acid kills us. At the end of a training session there’s no power, no strength, only weakness. But you feel pure satisfaction.