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Sport Cycling - Road, Para-Cycling
NPC Netherlands   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Amstelveen, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began to pursue able-bodied cycling in 2010, and took up Para cycling after his able-bodied team was disbanded in 2012.
Why this sport?
He had been a junior national champion in cycling in Eritrea, and when he moved to Netherlands he joined a cycling club through his foster parents. In 2010, after a break from the sport, he met a former teammate who wondered why he had stopped cycling. He got back on his bike and got a contract with the able-bodied Marco Polo Cycling Team. When the team disbanded due to a lack of funds in 2012, he began to pursue Para cycling, as his leg impairment meant he was eligible to compete.
Club / Team
Marco Polo Cycling Refugee Team:
Name of coach
Johan Procee [national], NED; Leo Adegeest, NED
General Interest
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied cycling for the Marco Polo Cycling Team. (, 19 Sep 2015)
He was born with an underdeveloped left leg. (, 19 Sep 2016)
Other information
He was born in Eritrea, but in 2000 a neighbour pushed him into a car and told him his parents were in Europe and he had to go and meet them. His parents had actually been caught up in the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but had arranged for him to leave the country if anything happened to them, so he was driven through Ethiopia to Kenya where he boarded a flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands. He had only refugee status in Netherlands for the first eight years, but after the general amnesty in 2008 he was given a residence permit. He eventually learned his father had died in an Ethiopian prison, but his mother had escaped back to Eritrea. He would meet her again 13 years after he left his home country. (, 19 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 C5 - Time Trial 33:26
4 2014 C5 - Road Race 1:54:24
6 2015 C5 - Time Trial 47:11
8 2015 C5 - Road Race 2:04:13
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
21 2019 C5 - 1000m Time Trial 1:11.096
3 2019 C5 - 4km Pursuit  
3 2019 C5 - Scratch Race  
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 C5 - Time Trial 37:57.05
1 2016 C4-5 - Road Race 2:13.08