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Ali Jawad in World Para Powerlifting World Cup

The double amputee had been restricted to "increasingly sporadic competition" since 2016, when his Crohn's flared up.

Jawad says he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, on the eve of his Paralympic 2008 debut in Beijing, where he competed but finished ninth.

He retired soon after aged 19 and in 2010 had major surgery but “decided in my head if I survived it I was going to go for 2012”.

Five months later he finished fifth in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, which he describes as “completely nuts”, and then came fourth at the London 2012 Paralympics.

But he says despite managing his condition, it flared up after winning -59kg silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, adding he had been “battling it since”.HIn May 2018, Ali Jawad won gold at the World Para-powerlifting European Championships.

“The 30-year-old has long stated his lifelong dream of becoming a Paralympic champion,” ParalympicsGB said.

“But the road to Tokyo is precarious, with flare-ups in his condition leaving him toeing a fine line between glory and a career-ending procedure.”

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Posted on: April 4 2019

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