Born in Guinea in 1985, Alhassane Baldé is paraplegic since birth due to a medical error. He has lived in Germany since the age of five. After seeing a mini racing wheelchair as a six-year-old and being enthusiastic about it, its designer gave him the original design and became his first coach. From 1996 on he received a professional training as a racing wheelchair athlete. He quickly achieved national and international success, set several German records and participated successfully in European and World Championships. Alhassane Baldé has already competed three times at the Paralympics and is a member of the perspective squad for the Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo.
Baldé studied dual labour market management and works at the Federal Employment Agency in Bonn, Germany. Like all competitive athletes – and disabled athletes in particular – he is dependent on support from sponsors.