Ali Jawad has been named in the Paralympics GB team heading to Tokyo for powerlifting. Ali's been a great guest on this podcast, telling his story over the last six months to today's announcement.
It's been an uncertain journey and not just because of the pandemic. Ali has been revealing his thoughts and talking about the obstacles over the last six months. He was born with no legs in the Lebanon before moving to the UK.
He excelled in powerlifting and made the Paralympic team for Beijing in 2008 but was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease just before hand. Over the years he just missed out on a medal in London and got silver in Rio. But his condition has worsened and he has really struggled to match his former performances. For much of this year it looked unlikely that he'd make the team - but an incredible lift a few weeks ago has changed that.