Table Tennis YouTube videos
A video featuring armless Egyptian table tennis athlete Ibrahim Hamato playing at the 2014 World Table Tennis Championships has reached a staggering two million views on YouTube.
The Nothing is Impossible video shows the inspirational athlete holding the racket in his mouth as he competes against some of the world's best international table tennis players, including Olympic and world gold medallist Wang Hao of China and Belarusian legend Vladimir Samsonov, after being invited to the showpiece event, which took place in Tokyo from April 28 to May 5, as an honour guest.
"First, I would like to thank all those who helped me to reach this goal of two million views, mainly the President of the African Table Tennis Federation and former International Table Tennis Federation President Adham Sharara, " Hamato, who had both limbs amputated after an accident at the age of 10, said.
"I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to all who watched my video over the past few months.
"I am overjoyed with people's encouraging comments, which have motivated me to achieve more and more in my life.
"At the beginning, I was not concerned about the number of viewers as my goal was to send a message to the world that 'Nothing Is Impossible' as long as you work hard.
"Now, I feel pride and honour after exceeding more than two million viewers, which means my goal of showing the world that 'Nothing is Impossible' has succeeded."
His video has also seen throughout the world on some of the biggest global television networks, including the BBC, ESPN, CNN, Fox Sports, and he also made a live appearance on Spain's biggest television show El Hormiguero.
"The ITTF would like to thank Hamato for letting us tell his inspiration story, and we look forward to continuing the story of Hamato in the future, " read a statement from the sport's world governing body.
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