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Armless table tennis player becomes internet sensation

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Ibrahim Hamato playing table tennis by Videobuzz

Ibrahim Hamato is quite the unique table tennis player – and that is quite the understatement - but, more, much more than that, he is an inspiration.

As can be seen in the video, Hamato's mixture of desire and ability makes him quite the proficient table tennis player - incredible considering he lost both arms in a horrible accident when he was just 10.

Despite that, Hamato was determined to continue to play the game he loves.

And yet, he remains incredibly humble:

“Three years after my accident I wanted to play again holding the racket under my arm, but it didn’t work out. After trying different options I found myself playing with my mouth. My best achievement in life is divided into two parts. 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.”

Such is Hamato’s excellence, he was invited to the the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, where he traded shots with some of the world’s best.

As is clear in the video, not only is Hamato able to compete but he has taught himself some pretty impressive trick shots to boot.

Ibrahim, we salute you, your talent and your desire.

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