The Paralympics kick off on the 24th of August in Tokyo, and all eyes should be peeled on the inspiring event. Para-athletes from all over the world compete in an array of competitions tailored for physical or visual impairments and learning disabilities. This event continues to prove that disability isn’t a limitation of individuals, but rather of society’s misguided and ignorant outlook. This year, Egypt’s Paralympic Committee has been adamant on celebrating the most promising and young athletes. In continuation of such an effort, here are some of the inspiring champions participating in the Paralympics.
This time around, Egypt’s Paralympic mission to Tokyo will be participating in multiple events: weightlifting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, Taekwondo, wheelchair fencing, badminton, athletics, and for the first time, Goalball!
Meet some of this year’s champions!
Youssef Mohamed holds the record in the African Paralympic swimming competitions in four events and is expected to be a fierce competitor this round.
The youngest player to participate in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she sealed the deal when she won both the silver and bronze medal at the World Power Lifting Championships.
Having joined the national swimming team in 2017, Kahil is a hardworking swimmer with an extremely bright future ahead of him.
Competing in the under 56 kg category, Omar is a force to be reckoned with. She won the gold medal four times in the Summer Paralympics alone, and won many more at the Power Lifting World Championships. Her impressive wins and resume wrote her name in history as the first female Egyptian para-athlete to win four gold medals at the Paralympics.
Tageldin is a bona fide champion having struck gold at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic weightlifting event, and we hope she keeps her golden streak.
Mohsen competed at the London Paralympics 2012 and won the gold medal whilst breaking the Paralympic world record while he was at it!
In men’s volleyball:
Our volleyball team this year comprises of these inspiring athletes: Hesham Alshoekh, Abdelnaby Abdellatif, Hossam Masoud, Ahmed Abdelgel, Mohamed Abo Alyazed, Mohamed Abdelmoty, Ahmed Khamis, Ashraf Zaghlol, Salah Atta, Motawea Abdelbaky, Ahmed Abdel Fatah, and Elsayed Moussa. We are rooting for them!
In women’s goalball:
For the first time ever, the women’s goalball team is heading to the Olympics. The team is represented by: Esraa Gad Karim, Esraa Ezzedine, Jihad Ezzedine, Hasna Al Jabri, Aya Abdullah, and Hanan Mustafa Ibrahim.