Egyptian para-table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato has no arms, yet he can put almost any amateur ping-pong player to shame. How he is able to handle the paddle with his mouth and actually direct his shots is still a mystery to me, but watching him play is fascinating.
He lost his arms due to an accident when he was 10 years old, although, it didn’t stop him from playing table tennis. After three years, he tried playing tennis by holding the racket under his arm but it didn’t work out. He tried different options and just found himself playing with his mouth.
Hamato was invited to be the guest of honor at the World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Tokyo this year.
“I feel very happy that I got this invitation from Mr. Sharara,” he said. “It is a big reward for me to watch the best players in the world in Tokyo and I hope this shows people that nothing is impossible as long as you work hard.”
In Tokyo he was able to play against some of the world’s highest ranked table tennis players. Everyone was amazed by how well he plays.
“My best achievement in life is divided into two parts,” he said. “The best thing in my life is my wife who is everything to me. The second part is table tennis where I find my biggest success is being able to enjoy every point I win.”