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Watch: Palestine's youngest table tennis player

Sept. 30, 2014 8:02 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2014 5:46 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A three-year-old boy from Hebron is gaining attention as international coaches say he could be one of the youngest table tennis players in the world.

Yousif Kamil Doufish, three, comes from a family of avid table tennis players.

His father, Kamil, was twice crowned table tennis champion of Palestine in 1995 and 2008 and ever since Yousif was born has dreamed of him becoming the youngest player in the world.

"Only half an hour after he was born, I placed him in a basket of balls and since then I have been working to make him the youngest tennis player in the world, and the dream finally came true."

"I am now working to develop this talent so my son can become a world champion," he told Ma'an.

A Chinese table tennis coach who is currently in Palestine says that Yousif is one of the youngest players he has ever seen.

The coach told Yousif's father that he has been coaching Chinese national teams for 30 years and has "never seen a three-year-old boy with such talent and skills."

Yousif now trains in a fitness center in Hebron after a local owner allocated him a special room to hone his skills.

The three-year-old's older brother, Husam, has been champion of Palestine since 2008 and has represented Palestine several times in Asian championships.

Kamil's daughter, Hanin, is also the female table tennis champion of Palestine, while his other daughter Sara and son Muhammad are currently in training.

"My father has been coaching me and I will hopefully win the school championship, and I am very proud of my father," Sara said.

Muhammad has already won two tournaments and hopes to win Palestine's junior championship this year.

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