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After losing his arms in an accident at age 10, Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato was determined to find a way to keep playing his favorite sport. 

"Three years after my accident I wanted to play again holding the racket under my arm, but it didn't work out."

Hamato then taught himself to hit the ball by holding the paddle in his mouth. 

He can now volley with the best of them.

In the video, which was released on Friday by the ITTF, the Egyptian-born player goes head-to head with some of the world's best.

"My best achievement in life is divided into two parts," Hamato said.

"The best thing in my life is my wife, who is everything to me. 

The second part is table tennis, where I find my biggest success being able to enjoy every point I win."

The video was filmed in Tokyo, where the Zen Noh 2.014 World Team Table Tennis Championships took place this week. 

Ittf President Adham Sharara invited Hamato to the event.

"He play really good," said world No.9 Jun Mizutani of Japan, who volleyed with Hamato.

"I can't believe he plays with his mouth."

Hamato's story is inspiring others.

"I love the game and when I see someone like this I am so happy," commented Caron Leff. 

"The human will is so strong. I admire this man."

Holding the paddle in his mouth, Hamato has managed to play the sport at a level that lets him compete against pros.

I wanted to play again, holding the racket under my arm, but it didn’t work out. 

After trying different options, I found myself playing with my mouth.

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