Ibrahim Hamadtou: the Table Tennis player with no hands proves everything is possible
Egypt’s Ibrahim Hamadtou is a table tennis legend. In any case, what makes him one of a kind as a Paralympian is the way that he holds the TT racquet in his mouth. His is one of the numerous stories that happen at the Rio Paralympics where competitors contend, continuing grievous physical hardships with debilitated bodies.
He is the main Paralympian on the planet to attempt this deed. He hails from the port city of Damietta.
Hamadtou, when he was 10 years of age, lost both his arms in a train mischance. He may have lost in his Paralympic debut, tumbling to the exceedingly appraised British world number four, David Wetherill, and afterward to Germany’s Thomas Rau, the 43-year-old is over the moon, simply being a piece of the Paralympics.
“I’m simply upbeat that I could originate from Egypt to be here at the Paralympics and to play against a champion. I can’t express what my heart is feeling: I’m excessively upbeat,” he is cited as saying by AFP.
“After the mischance, he stayed quiets down at home for a long time. He wouldn’t go out,” Hossameldin Elshoubry, his mentor of the most recent 20 years, said. A family companion attempted to bail him out of misery by means of games. Since despite everything he had two great legs, football appeared like an undeniable alternative. Be that as it may, it didn’t work out for Hamadtou.
His mentor clarified: “It was excessively unsafe. With no arms, on the off chance that you fall you have no real way to ensure yourself.”
So Hamadtou attempted table tennis, first by holding the little oar under the stump of his right arm. Nonetheless, that didn’t work to support him. At last he endeavored to fasten the racket handle in his mouth, much like somebody may hold an electric lamp when their hands are occupied.
But that table tennis – an exceptionally quick challenge of whacking a ball forward and backward over a little table – is not at all like holding an electric lamp.
Hamadtou, be that as it may, found a way. Table tennis players need to toss the ball to hit a serve, so he plays without a right shoe, utilizing his toes to scoop the ball and hurl it up, splendidly situated. He then uses his solid neck to change his head into what might as well be called an arm and his mouth into a hand. “It took me three years to learn,” he said.
“After that his life changed. You know, he went to class again after that,” mentor Elshoubry said .
His adventures have made him something of an Internet sensation, featuring in a YouTube hit called “Inconceivable is Nothing” that has been seen more than 2.3 million times.
Wetherill, who plays table tennis while holding a prop to bolster his left side, is additionally celebrated in the Paralympic world. Video of him jumping onto the floor to hit a triumphant shot in the London 2012 Games has been seen on YouTube a great many times. In any case, the British star said he feels himself in the Egyptian’s shadow.
“He’s a legend in table tennis,” Wetherill said. “I was feeling the weight, somewhat nervous. (At that point) you see individuals like Ibrahim and you can’t in any way, shape or form feel anxious: he places things in context – the things he can do.”
Hamadtou’s exclusive issue in brandishing terms is that he is excessively one of a kind. A really reasonable matchup at Paralympic level is verging on incomprehensible if the adversary has no less than one arm. “He’s the one and only that uses his mouth,” his mentor said. “There’s nobody else. In the event that there were five, six, seven players utilizing their mouths, we’d make another class.”
That in the end may happen. Back in Egypt, Hamadtou is preparing two armless young men, matured 10 and 12.