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Tina Rahimi has travelled a tough road to become the first Muslim woman to box for Australia at the Commonwealth Games - and now she's revealed the biggest obstacle to combining her faith with the punishing sport.
The Sydneysider will make history when she steps into the ring early on Friday morning to compete in the 57kg division, despite missing the team's Games camp in Sheffield earlier this year - with her coach's blessing - as she and teammate Taha Ahmad observed Ramadan.
A former make-up artist, Rahimi prays five times a day and observed the dawn-to-dusk fasting her faith requires during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar - which is extremely difficult to combine with boxing training and weight requirements.
'Because of Ramadan, I couldn't do the camp in Sheffield. There was no point of me going,' she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Rahimi will make history when she fights in the quarter finals of the 57kg featherweight class early on Friday morning, Australian time
Observing Ramadan made it 'really hard' for Rahimi (pictured at the opening ceremony) to prepare for the Games. She even missed a training camp as she observed the holy month
'The training in Ramadan is really hard. You train before