A life full of hurdles and obstacles
From that moment on, her relationship with her parents became more and more conflicted, conditioned by additional life events. In 2010, she was brought to Morocco by her mother who had secretly promised Najla’s hand in marriage to an older man. With great strength and determination, Najla courageously rebelled against this by traveling back to Italy. Upon her return, Najla had to affront some of the darkest and most difficult moments in her young life. At just sixteen years old and pinned against the wrath of her parents’ adversity, she moved away from home and her family. This extreme gesture represented a kind of personal rebirth for Najla who then immediately went back to training and the rediscovery for her first love – running- ensued. Sports had become her future and her destiny. Finally, her freedom was on the horizon.
Thanks to sports, I have rediscovered my identity. My job is my passion.
Sports create community
Thanks to her experience through sports, Najla is able to help those less fortunate through active volunteering through athletic classes and activities. She adds, “Life is like a race. There is always another chance, another possibility.” The champion track star also affirms that one of her greatest ongoing personal challenges is to obtain her Italian citizenship, which is still on hold due to a past conviction she received in her native birthplace and blocks her possibility to represent the Italian national tricolors in international competitions.
The obstacle should not be jumped, but tackled and overcome.