BAQUBA, Iraq: When car bomb survivor Najlah Imad first took up table tennis, her relatives warned against it. But a decade later, the Iraqi teenager who lost three limbs is gunning for gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games.

“Table tennis was a turning point. Since I started playing, my life has changed,” the 19-year-old athlete told AFP.

Najlah was just three years old when a 2008 sticky bomb ripped into her father’s car — an ex-military — in the city of Baquba northeast of Baghdad.

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