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SHAFIK Ahmed
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthBaghdad, IRQ
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Two sons
Residence
Tucson, AZ, USA
Occupation
Engineer
Languages
Arabic, English
Higher education
Electronic Engineering - University of Baghdad [IRQ] / Tucson Pima Community College [USA]
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 24 in Baghdad, Iraq. He took a break from the sport after relocating to the United States of America in 2001, and started lifting again in 2007.
Why this sport?
He followed in the footsteps of his father Abdul, who represented the Iraq national weightlifting team. "I would see his picture and his friends, big dudes who would come to our house. He was always talking about lifting, the records he broke. It motivated me to start lifting weights."
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
United States
Location
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Brando (Facebook profile, 09 Feb 2019)
Hobbies
Playing the piano. (teamusa.org, 24 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Famous relatives
His father Abdul was a member of the Iraq national weightlifting team. (teamusa.org, 29 Jul 2016)
Impairment
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he contracted polio as a baby. (usatoday.com, 13 Sep 2016; teamusa.org, 24 Aug 2016)
Other information
MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he moved to the United States of America in 2001 after the United Nations helped him to get refugee status. He completed a degree in electronic engineering at Tucson Pima Community College in Arizona, while also working at a golf resort. In 2007 he gained US citizenship and also enlisted in the US Army as a translator due to his knowledge of both English and Arabic. He served as a soldier for more than 10 years in total, which included three years working as a linguist in Iraq. "I felt [joining the US Army] was the least I could do. The country had given me freedom and shelter." (timesofisrael.com, 16 Sep 2016; teamusa.org, 14 Jul 2015; Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2012 82.5kg  NoM
7 2016 80kg 172
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 90kg 172.5
  2014 88kg  NoM