Ibrahim Hamadtou at the Rio Paralympics, 2016 (AFP)
Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou with no arms represented his country at the Paralympic Games of Rio 2016. The 43-year-old became a YouTube sensation after he showcased his amazing athletic skills, clenching the paddle between his teeth.
Ibrahim Hamad (AFP)
Ibrahim lost his arms as a kid in a train accident when he was ten years old but never lost passion for the sport. As a kid he stayed at home for three years out of embarrassment but challenged himself to overcome his physical disability. Working his way out of depression, he practiced day in and out to use to use his disability to his advantage. It took him a while to hold a TT bat with his mouth but has now become a world-class player and a Paralympian to top it.
(Source: ITTF official YouTube channel)
Ibrahim is a symbol of inspiration for many like him who want to go beyond adversities to make a name for themselves. Though he didn’t collect any medal at the Paralympic Games, his life is nothing short of achieving the unattainable.