Mohammad Essa Akbari was a member of the Afghan National Security and Defence Force and was unfortunately injured due to being caught in the blast of roadside bomb while on a security patrol in northern Baghlan province in 2015.
He sadly lost both of his legs but that hasn't dampened his spirit and conviction to get better and represent his country.
Akbari said that he never lost hope and he is proud to represent the Afghan flag on the world stage.
“I was so shattered when I lost my legs but now I am happy that I am back to life and want to achieve something through sport."
He trained at an army gym in Kabul and practiced for sitting volleyball and powerlifting.
Akbari was able to fulfil his wish of bringing an achievement back to Afghanistan when he won silver in powerlifting at Toronto 2017.