On Sunday, the four day long Egyptian national table tennis competition concluded in El Asher City. The event was attended by national team technical officials and coaches, who were looking to assess the skill level of local players.
The competition concluded with an exhibition match between Egyptian disability table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato a member of the Egyptian men’s national soccer team. Hamato has no arms and plays with the paddle in his mouth. Last year at the International Table Tennis World Championships inTokyo, Hamato told the media that if Egyptian players had access to the same training and facilities as Asian and European teams, that the Egyptians could dominate at the Paralympic Games in table tennis. ITTF President Adham Sharara invited Hamato as a guest to the tournament and he played a number of matches against some of the best players in the world while there.
Table tennis is a popular Paralympic sport in Egypt, with the country sending a eight strong delegation to the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. The members of that team included Abdelrahman Abdelwahab, Ehab Fetir, Sameh Saleh, Sayed Youssef, Fadia Ahmed, Angham Maghraby, Eman Mahmoud, and Faiza Mahmoud. Saleh had the best performance, winning a bronze medal in the men’s singles class 4 event.