INSPIRING: Man with no hands plays table tennis with world's best

May 14, 2014, 16:30 IST | Tanmoy Mitra

Egyptian-born Ibrahim Hamato has no hands but he still plays table tennis with the world’s best by holding the paddle in his mouth.

Video: YouTube

Ibrahim lost his arms in an accident when he was 10, but his love for table tennis and determination drove him to achieve the impossible and within a few years he was playing his favourite sport by holding the paddle in his mouth.

In a video released by the International Table Tennis Federation, Ibrahim is seen practicing with some of the world's best ping-pong players.

He says," Three years after my accident, I wanted to play again holding the racket under my arm but it did not work out."

"After trying different options I found myself playing with my mouth."

The video was filmed during the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo this week, where Ibrahim was invited as the guest of honour

"My best achievement in life is divided into two parts," Hamato says in the video. 

"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 being able to enjoy every point I win."

"I hope this shows people that nothing is impossible as long as you work hard,"

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