Maltese athletes are in Abu Dhabi competing in the 2019 Special Olympics and making us proud – and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat visited them to test their skills, specifically, to see how hard they go in table tennis.
In a video uploaded by TVM, the Prime Minister competes against a Maltese athlete, Warren Schembri, who is competing in the tournament later today. However, he does not go easy on Warren, throwing in some swift hits and even attempting a topspin to win the game.
However, the Maltese athlete stood firm and withstood all of Joseph Muscat’s attacks, before finally getting a ball past him, as the crowd erupts into clapping and laughter.
The wholesome scene will surely give the Maltese athletes in Abu Dhabi a nice boost of morale, knowing their Prime Minister is there with them, both in spirit, as well as in racket.
Speaking of rackets: Joseph Muscat took to Twitter this morning to casually swag on everyone, saying a racket the Maltese contingent were using was given to him by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
This a @Mizutani__Jun #tabletennis racket which #Japan PM @AbeShinzo gave me when he visited #Malta and which is now used by our @SpecialOlympics coach and athletes in @WorldGamesAD -JM pic.twitter.com/PmG2LUhWVp
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 15, 2019