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Iraq's first ever female weightlifting team's medal hopes

27 September 2012 Last updated at 18:55 BST

Iraq's first ever female national weightlifting team is in training for the upcoming Arab weightlifting championships to be held in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

The women are not just putting their physical abilities to the test - they are also challenging their country's cultural perceptions of the role of women.

Karen Zarindast reports.