Afghan Paralympic swimmer wins gold

TMP – 28/06/2017

Armless Afghan Paralympic swimmer Abbas Karimi has won two gold medals at the US Indianapolis Para Swimming World Series.

His wins make him the first Afghan to qualify to compete in the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships to be held in September in Mexico.

Karimi, 18,was born without arms but he has gone on to prove that his disability cannot hold him back winning gold in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly competitions.

“Being disabled has never been a challenge for him. But it’s a reason for him to pay more attention to his training and choose a specific swimming style. His efforts rewarded him with a gold medal, which is unprecedented in the history of Afghanistan and the region,” said Sayed Ehsanullah Taheri, Head of the Afghanistan Swimming Federation following Karimi’s win.

Karimi become a member of the Afghan national swimming team five years ago and has been training in America for the past six months. He won his first gold medal in Paralympic swimming back in 2013 competing in Turkey and is determined to win another gold medal for his country in the Mexico championships.

Taheri said that Karimi’s gold medals should be an inspiration for budding disabled athletes in Afghanistan. “The door of the Afghanistan Swimming Federation is open to every swimmer who wants to receive training and participate in international competitions,” Taheri added.