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    Sherif Osman

    Ones to watch
    Egypt Egypt Para powerlifting 15 September 1982

    Minya, Egypt

    a male powerlifter celebrates his gold medal on the podium

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Impaired muscle power
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Further Personal Information
    Family Three children
    Residence Cairo, EGY
    Occupation Coach, Information Technology
    Languages Arabic
    Higher education Language Studies - Minya University: Egypt
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began Para powerlifting in 2005 in Cairo, Egypt.
    Why this sport? His first coach, Said Abd El Hafez, who won Egypt's first Paralympic powerlifting medal, encouraged him to take up the sport. "Being born with a disability in a small village in Egypt is not an easy thing. I saw a lot of pity and difficulties so I wanted to change this and make myself and my family proud. I wanted to send a message to the world that I can do anything I want. I met a friend after graduating from college who encouraged me to start powerlifting and go to my first training session."
    Club / Team Egypt Telecom Club: Cairo, EGY
    Name of coach Mohamed Ezzat [national]
    Training Regime He trains five days a week, two times a day.
    International Debut
    Year 2006
    Competing for Egypt
    General Interest
    Hobbies Chess. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at three Paralympic Games and three world championships. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
    Most influential person in career His first coach Said Abd El Hafez, and his family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019; masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
    Hero / Idol Egyptian Para powerlifters Ahmed Gomma, Metwaly Mathana and Fatma Omar. (masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
    Injuries He sustained a shoulder injury in the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 07 Jun 2019)
    Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He walks slowly towards the bench and stares at the bar. "This ritual makes me feel self-confident and stronger. I began with it in 2006 and continued doing it in training and especially when I compete." (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2016)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Losing a championship doesn't mean failure, doing the best you could is considered winning." (Facebook profile, 11 Feb 2019)
    Awards and honours He was named Best African Para Powerlifter at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Algeria. (paralympic.org, 23 Aug 2018)
    Other sports He has competed in shot put. (paralympic.org, 02 Apr 2013)
    Famous relatives His wife has competed in Para powerlifting . (youm7.com, 13 Sep 2016)
    Ambitions To gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 07 Jun 2019)
    Impairment His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age nine. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019; masrawy.com, 18 Sep 2016)
    Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
    In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a Para powerlifting athlete liaison for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] from 2018 to 2021. (paralympic.org, 09 Dec 2017)

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