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The weightlifters on Iraq's national women's team train hard every day, both to bring home the medals and to help ease the financial burden of running a home.Huda was one of the first to be recruited when coach Abbas Ahmad in 2011 set out to create Iraq's first national female weightlifting team.So Ahmed first approached families whose members were already fans of the sport.Huda seemed like an ideal candidate. Huda helped to train her sister Hadeel, who just turned 17, and last year both of them competed in Asian championships.The women's team is sponsored by the police club, which pays each of its eight members a monthly salary of $400 to $800 -- a considerable sum for some families.If Huda and Hadeel did not receive support from the club, their family could not pay their monthly rent of some $330, their father Salim Noma says.
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