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Zobera Rahman Linu

© UNICEF Bangladesh/2006/Naser Siddique
Linu joins adolescent girls in a football match at a UNICEF-supported adolescent centre in Chittagong division.

Zobera Rahman Linu holds a Guinness World Record for winning more national table tennis championships than any other player in any national competition.

Linu began playing table tennis at her father’s club in Sylhet at the age of eight. By the age of nine, Linu and her sister were competing in the Dhaka Press Club Open Table Championships. Linu was runner-up to her sister.

At the age of twelve, Linu became the national champion. She won the same title 16 times between 1977 and 2001. Linu also represented Bangladesh in table tennis competitions throughout Asia. In 1980, she came fifth in the Asian table tennis championships.

An avid sportswoman, Linu is also an excellent cyclist, having won the national cycling championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Linu is the founding president of the Dhaka Cycling Club and is deeply involved with the Table Tennis Association in Bangladesh.

Linu has visited schools and adolescent centres supported by UNICEF. She campaigns with UNICEF to promote sport for girls and universal birth registration.



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