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Watch a Table Tennis Player With No Hands Go Up Against Some of the World’s Best


Ibrahim Hamato lost his hands in an accident when he was 10 years old. But his love for table tennis was too strong to give up. Three years later, he picked up a racket with his mouth and taught himself to play in a new, pretty incredible way.

This year, the International Table Tennis Federation president, Adham Sharara, invited Hamato from Egypt to visit the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Japan. Hamato accepted and got the chance to compete with some of the world’s best players. The ITTF video below shows scenes from that trip.

“I hope this shows people that nothing is impossible,” Hamato says in the clip, “as long as you work hard.”