“When I’m weight lifting in the club, I forget everything else. I don’t think about my asylum case. Instead I feel like I am ready to train an entire city. I dream about competing in international tournaments or becoming a professional coach in a club.”
“In Denmark people have a good way to deal with children and let them to choose to exercise and do what they love. So I have decided to do the same with my kids in the future. I remember when I was young and I would show my interest in music. I believe that music creates joy and happiness between people. But because of the conservative society I grew up in, my father kept me away from music. So I turned to sports. I started when I was 15 years old with football and then I headed to running. I did this until I got a medal and won the second place in a big competition. After that I began doing shooting sports.”
“In the end I found out exactly what I want to do. It’s weight lifting. I discovered how many Danes also like this sport. Weight liftings teaches you ethics and gives you a healthy body with no diseases. I always advise people like alcoholics, drug addicts or people with psychological issues and depression to practice sports. Sports drive the negative energy out of the body.”
Semko Peroty is 28 years old and from Iran.
(Story and picture by Hala)