Man Without Hands or Arms Won't Be Stopped From Playing Table Tennis - With Fmr. World Champ

Tyler McNally
By Tyler McNally | May 13, 2014 | 10:44 AM EDT

In what would seem like an impossible achievement, an Egyptian man has learned how to play table tennis with no hands, let alone without any arms.

In an interview with the International Table Tennis Federation, Ibrahim Hamato shares how he developed the skills necessary to play a sport where hands seem vital.

"I had an accident when I was 10 years old, but I loved table tennis. 3 years after my accident I wanted to play again [with the paddle] under my arm, but it didn't work out.  After trying different options, I found myself playing with my mouth," Hamato says.

Receiving a special invite from ITTF president, Adham Sharara, Hamato traveled to Tokyo, Japan to play and visit the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championship.

While there, Hamato played with some of the best table tennis players in the world.  Some of the players were mystified with the skill Hamato showed; even going to the lengths of trying to mimic Hamato's playing style without the same success.

Hamato bites down on the handle of the paddle and uses his neck and head to swing the paddle forward and make contact with the ping-pong ball.  Adding to this is the skill needed to put spin on the ping-pong ball which Hamato does by using his core and abdomen and taking a different swing path.  He uses his foot to toss the ball into the air during serves.

When discussing what it means to be at the championship, Hamato says that, "I hope this shows people that nothing is impossible as long as you work hard."