WATCH | Playing Table Tennis Without Arms, Egypt’s Paralympian Ibrahim Hamadtou Shows the Way

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Published: September 1,2021 07:02 PM
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Losing both arms in a train accident did not deter Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou from taking up table tennis as a sport and eventually becoming a Paralympian

September 1, 2021: Losing both arms in a train accident did not deter Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou from taking up table tennis as a sport and eventually becoming a Paralympian.



Hamadtou lost his arms when he was just 10. Now at 48, Hamadtou is a 2-time Paralympian.





Hamadtou says, “I feel that I’m having a conversation with the ball and it listens to what I say. I really feel like a king when I’m at the table.”





He uses his foot for the toss and his mouth to hold the bat. He initially took up table tennis to prove a friend wrong who had said that he won’t be able to play. 





Hamadtou is the winner of two silver medals at the 2011 and 2013 African Championships. He won another silver medal at the Egypt Open 2013. He debuted as a Paralympian at the 2016 Games in Rio.