Passion for table tennis – Ibrahim Hamadto is an Egyptian para-table tennis player and silver medalist in the 2013 African Para-Table Tennis Championships.
Defying all stereotypes – Hamadto started playing table tennis at 13, three years after losing both his arms in a train accident.
Work and determination – "It was quite difficult playing table tennis after the accident," says Hamadto. "I had to practice hard for three consecutive years on a daily basis. At the beginning, people were amazed and surprised seeing me playing. They encouraged and supported me a lot and they were very proud of my willing, perseverance and determination."
Showing his skills – The 41-year-old was the guest of honor at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this month.
Impressing opponents – Hamadto's talent and determination shone through as he took on some of the biggest names in table tennis.
Example for all – "Ibrahim is a very nice man with faith and perseverance," says Alaa Meshref, the president of Egyptian Table Tennis Federation, adding that his determination and perseverance prove "that insisting on your goal is always achievable."