Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamadtou says his “dream has come true” as he prepared to make his Paralympic Games debut.
Hamadtou, who starred in the YouTube video “Notihing is Impossible” lost his arms in a train accident when he was 10 years old. He plays table tannis by holding the racket in his mouth, and serves by flicking the ball up with his foot.
“I was trying first to use the bat under the arm, and I also tried using other things that weren’t working so well,” he said. “Finally, I tried using my mouth.”
Hamadtou qualified for Rio 2016 by finishing second at the 2016 African Championships.
“I feel really happy playing table tennis” he said. “Now my dream has come true of playing in the Paralympic Games“.
“I want to tell everybody that nothing is impossible, and everybody should work hard for what you love and what you think is good for yourself.
“The disability is not in arms or legs, the disability is to not persevere in whatever you would like to do.”
Hamadtou lost both matches in Rio, but his performance commanded respect just the same.
Great Britain’s David Wetherill, who defeated Hamadtou, said: “In table tennis it is skill versus skill, and I know I won today, but I think Hamadtou has demonstrated far more skill than I have just now.”
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