A fine man from Egypt shows us than nothing is impossible in this world. His both arms are amputee from the shoulder, but he still manages to be very good at table tennis.
Ibrahim Hamato was only 10 when he went through a terrible accident. Subsequent to this tragic accident, the Egyptian lost his both arms.
Three years after the accident, little Ibrahim started to play table tennis again. But without his both arms and hands it was incredible difficult to handle the racket. ”After I had an accident when I was ten, I tried to hold the racket under my armpit but failed. Three year later, I started to learn how to use my mouth but back then I was only able to hit the ball across the net”.
Thus, he didn’t only managed to play, but the Egyptian is very good at this sport, frequently wining games against good players and who have their both arms.
Last year, his dream came true, because people who organized the international table tennis championship asked him to come in the finals, which took place in Tokyo, and he got the chance to play with few champions. Most of them were impressed by his playing technique and by the fact that, even though he had no arms at all, the man could play very good for an amateur. He played then with former World Champion, Chinese Wang Hao, with number 9 Japan’s Jun Mizutani and with the famous Belorussian Vladimir Samsonov.
Ibrahim became almost notorious after he said that “nothing is impossible”, he also added “I hope to become better and better”. And, indeed his ambition and tenacity are some things to be admired. He is now 41 years old, but he is still very passionate about sports and especially about table tennis.
Ibrahim Hamato proved to the entire world that indeed nothing is impossible. However, sometimes it was difficult for him too. “It was a big challenge for me especially when I found in the beginning people were thinking I wouldn’t be able to play good or be a competitor for other players, not just Paralympians”. But this criticism proved to be constructive and motivated him to “practice more and more”.