It is a big room, in Saint-Pierre-lès-Elbeuf, that Karim Boumedouha is aware of effectively. The gymnasium, all in size, with tables put in, it goes there virtually every single day, together with weekends. On the wall, newspaper clippings of membership gamers. The final hanging, a portrait of Karim, appeared in the week in The Parisian. “This is the first time that my name has been in a national newspaper … It shows that, all this, I did not do it for nothing.” explains the 44-year-old.
Karim Boumedouha shouldn't be used to highlight lights, his coronary heart price will increase in entrance of the microphone. However, his document shouldn't be one of those that tremble: 15 years in the French crew, a number of occasions champion of France by crew solo and by groups, vice-world champion by groups, winner of a number of worldwide tournaments …
He performs in the disabled class, class 9 or 10, to be exact. He doesn't play in a wheelchair, however has issue transferring round: he was born with a membership foot, a deformation in the toes. “I was operated on at a younger age, details the athlete. But it took me a long time to walk normally, when I was seven. Then I started table tennis at eleven. “ His development takes him to the France crew and even eighth place in the world in its class.
But most cancers, recognized in 2019, stops every part :“I thought about quitting, leaving my place.” Finally handled after an operation, “I wondered if I should not take again to realize my dream of the Games. I only need one qualification on my list …”
At work till 4 p.m., then in coaching till 8 p.m.
Encouraged by his household and his membership, he began coaching once more, helped by a adjusted skilled schedule, in his room in Saint-Pierre-lès-Elbeuf. Because Karim Boumedouha shouldn't be knowledgeable. In addition to his sport, he has to handle his profession financially : “I have to find sponsors. It's resourcefulness. We are a bit of managers of our own projects. Each Open, to qualify, costs 1,500 euros, we compete in ten a year …”
New this time, the table tennis participant now represents the Algerian crew. “It was my father's dream that I defend the colors of the village! After my cancer, I thought about it, he was like crazy, I contacted them and it happened very quickly … “
Karim Boumedouha will go away for Slovenia in three weeks, to play a Paralympic qualifying event. If he wins, he will qualify for the Tokyo Games this summer time, and can turn into the first athlete to signify Algeria on this self-discipline.