(CNN)A visibly pregnant Nigerian athlete has clinched a gold medal at the ongoing National Sports Festival, securing gold in the multi-sport event, which happens every two years in the country.
Eight months pregnant athlete clinches Taekwondo gold medal
Aminat Idrees, 26, who is eight months pregnant, won in the Mixed Poomsae category in Taekwondo, organizers said Monday, describing her achievements as "inspiring."
Idrees, who could be seen in a footage shared on Twitter demonstrating different combat techniques, also picked up other medals in a non-combat simulated category of Taekwondo known as Poomsae.
Idrees told CNN Wednesday that she feels elated by her accomplishment at the event which took place in Edo State.
"It's such a privilege for me. I just decided to give it a try after training a couple of times... It feels really good," she said.
"Before I got pregnant, I have always enjoyed training, so it didn't seem different with pregnancy," Idrees added.
However, not everyone has found her participation in the games inspiring.
Some have criticized her for taking part in the sport because of her advanced stage of pregnancy.
One Twitter user, Iga Moore, wrote: "This (is) rather sickening than Inspiring."
While another commenter, Angela, said: "This is how they get themselves into problems and stress maternity staff for preventable problems."
But others defended her involvement in the sports festival.
"I love the way she