Mohamed Sobhy, an Egyptian Olympic hero

Growing up, Mohamed Sobhy, from Monufia, Egypt, had the dream of becoming an Olympic Athlete. He started playing sports when he was 12 years old. When he moved to Cairo, his journey with wheelchair tennis began. Mohammed explained that he faced many obstacles when he first started playing wheelchair tennis.  

“The first challenge was how the get to practice tennis especially since it is not an easy sport for anybody. How to hold the racket by hand while your hand should be moving the wheelchair at the same time, was not easy. It was difficult at the beginning to manage the coordination, but after a while it became easier. Another challenge was how people were discouraging me and making you feel it is impossible to handle. But, I learned Just start and you will be able.”

Despite the difficulty and challenges of wheelchair tennis, for Mohamed, “tennis was a joy”.  It taught him patience, resilience and endurance.

Today, he is ranked first nationally and one of the best 200 in the world. Mohamed is also training to for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Egyptian athletes from various backgrounds and capabilities are creating history all over the sports industry. Their stories offer inspiration to young Egyptian athletes.



Posted on February 5th, 2019