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OSMAN Sherif
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Egypt   
Place of BirthMinyat an Nasr, EGY
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Three children
Cairo, EGY
Coach, Information Technology
Higher education
Language Studies - Minya University: Egypt
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para powerlifting in 2005 in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
His first coach, Said Abd El Hafez, who won Egypt's first Paralympic powerlifting medal, encouraged him to take up the sport. "Being born with a disability in a small village in Egypt is not an easy thing. I saw a lot of pity and difficulties so I wanted to change this and make myself and my family proud. I wanted to send a message to the world that I can do anything I want. I met a friend after graduating from college who encouraged me to start powerlifting and go to my first training session."
Club / Team
Egypt Telecom Club: Cairo, EGY
Name of coach
Mohamed Ezzat [national]
Training Regime
He trains five days a week, two times a day.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Chess. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at three Paralympic Games and three world championships. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Said Abd El Hafez, and his family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019;, 18 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifters Ahmed Gomma, Metwaly Mathana and Fatma Omar. (, 18 Sep 2016)
He sustained a shoulder injury in the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 07 Jun 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He walks slowly towards the bench and stares at the bar. "This ritual makes me feel self-confident and stronger. I began with it in 2006 and continued doing it in training and especially when I compete." (, 18 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Losing a championship doesn't mean failure, doing the best you could is considered winning." (Facebook profile, 11 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best African Para Powerlifter at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Algeria. (, 23 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in shot put. (, 02 Apr 2013)
Famous relatives
His wife has competed in Para powerlifting . (, 13 Sep 2016)
To gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 07 Jun 2019)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age nine. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2019;, 18 Sep 2016)
Other information
In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a Para powerlifting athlete liaison for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] from 2018 to 2021. (, 09 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 56kg 202.5
1 2012 56kg 197
1 2016 59kg 203
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 56kg 205.0
1 2014 54kg 202.0
1 2017 59kg 205.0
1 2019 59kg 196.0
1 2019 Team 473.17