The pandemic-The delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which ran from August 24 to September 5, 2021, drew a record number of competitors. A total of 4,403 athletes – 2,550 men and 1,853 women – competed in 22 sports and 23 disciplines. Here are a handful of unbelievable men and women of which determination and grain bursts stereotypes and exposed the incredible opportunities that can come from pursuing your dreams.
Swimming – Daniel Dias
Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias was late for flowering. He started swimming at age 16 after watching fellow Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva win seven medals at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004. It turns out that Dias – who was born with a partially formed left hand, a right arm that ends at the elbow and a straight leg that stops at the knee – was a Natural At the sports.
Two years after his first swimming lesson, Dias won five medals at the 2006 world championships. Since then, the talented swimmer has competed in four Paralympic Games – from Beijing 2008 to Tokyo 2020 – and has won 27 medals, including 14 d ‘gold. He also won 40 medals at the World Championships (31 gold medals) and 33 medals at the Parapan Am Games (all gold). Although Brazil the most popular Paralympian who retired after Tokyo 2020 Games, will remain active in the sport training other aspiring swimmers with physical capabilities impairments.
“What defines each of us is what is in us, and in us there is a very great force able to achieve big dreams, big goals, ”said Dias. “And that is for me what I would like to leave as heritage that people understand that yes, we are different, but at the same time we are equal in capacity and that for me it would be very amazing for us to break this barrier of prejudice.”
Table tennis – Ibrahim Hamadtou
Table tennis may not seem like a plausible option for someone without arms – but Ibrahim Hamadtou does not believe in limits. 48-year-old Egyptian Paralympic overcomes ‘light’ obstacle holding the racquet in his mouth and using his right foot to serve the ball.
Hamadtou, who lost his arms in a train accident at the age of ten, was drawn to table tennis after being challenged by a friend. “I was in the club where I offered a match between two of my friends,” explains Hamadtou. “They disagreed on one point. When I scored the point in favor of one of them, the other player said to me, don’t interfere because you will never be able to play. It was this statement that made me decide to play table tennis. ”
It took Hamadtou three years to master the sport. He says the biggest challenge was finding the best way to maneuver his body. “I was trying to use the bat under my arm first, and I also tried using other things that didn’t work as well. Finally, I tried to use my mouth. It took me almost a year of practice to get used to holding the racket with my mouth and serving; with practice and playing regularly, this skill improved.
egyptian unbelievable talent was revealed in 2014 when he received the award for best Arab athlete of the year. He won a silver medal at the 2016 African Championships, qualified for his first Paralympic Games in 2016 at 43, then again for the Tokyo 2020 Games at 48.
The inspiring the athlete says: “The disability is not in the arms or legs, the handicap is not persevere in whatever you want to do.
Rowing – Asiya Mohammed
Born in Kenya, Asiya Mohammed was only two when she lost her legs and a few fingers on a train accident. Her father died of a stroke soon after, and her mother died when she was only nine years old. Raised by a cousin, Mohammad first turned to sports as a teenager when she wanted to lose weight.
The double amputee initially for follow-up, and even participated in wheelchair marathons. She then switched to wheelchair tennis, before taking up rowing in 2018, with the goal of compete at the Olympic games. In just three short years, Mohammed qualified for the PR1 rowing event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The 29-year-old was the first woman to compete. represent Kenya in sport at the Olympics or Paralympics.
To those who doubt their abilities, the athlete says: “If in your mind you think you are disabled, then you are. If in your mind you think you can do it, you can do anything. This is how you to notice yourself.”
Resources: Olympics.com, CNN.com, Globatimes.com, Guardian.co.uk