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Going to a dark place and frustration at BBC Panorama - Ali Jawad, Paralympics GB Powerlifter
Episode 10215th June 2021 • Destination Tokyo • Mark Shardlow
00:00:00 00:11:15

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Ali Jawad is a Paralympic powerlifter who won silver in Rio in 2016. As we've heard over this series, Ali has really struggled with Crohn's Disease which has left him way behind his previous level at the sport. But he's working hard and doing his best to make the Games.

Ali had one last chance to qualify and he says he produced his best performance in 5 years to give himself an opportunity to make it. He says he had to take himself to a very dark place mentally and emotionally to get into the right state of mind to pull it off.

Ali describes what that feels like. And how his mind was stronger than his body. He now has a nervous wait to discover if he'll be in Tokyo.

We also talk about the BBC Panorama programme "The Unfair Games" an investigation into the Paralympic classification system. Ali was not impressed with the programme