Jordanian Paralympic athlete hopes to inspire peers

This Jordanian powerlifter has two goals:

to win his first gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo

and to inspire others to follow his lead

LOCATION: Amman, Jordan

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PARALYMPIC ATHLETE, MUTAZ ALJUNEDI, SAYING:"People with disabilities need moral support to move forward and today, when they see their colleague Mutaz who lives with similar conditions, is part of the same group and encounters the same challenges but still makes TV appearances, they too want to follow the same path. Many people with disabilities talk to me and want to become like me but the lack of financial support and training facilities for people with disabilities is a problem."

A faulty polio vaccine left Aljuneidi paralyzed from the waist down

He took up powerlifting at the age of 15

and now holds 75 medals from international competitions

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