Starting out with local Liverpool club the Vikings, wheelchair basketball continues to see Abdi travel the world with a playing career that in addition to international events with Great Britain has seen him play for clubs in Italy, Spain, and Australia. "Wheelchair basketball is fast, challenging and mentally toughens you up. You don't have to be amazing to play - and regardless of your ability, you can play. It's a great sport for everyone". A double European Champion with the GB Junior Team, Abdi won bronze at his Paralympic debut in Beijing (2008). In 2010, Abdi then assisted the senior GB Team to 5th place at the World Championships before, in 2011, playing a fundamental role in the team’s gold medal campaign at the 2011 European Championships.
Abdi’s second Paralympic Games in 2012 saw him named co-captain of ParalympicsGB’s Wheelchair Basketball Team with Matt Byrne, leading them to the bronze medal game where they narrowly lost to the USA. 2013 saw Abdi continue to build upon his international success, captaining Great Britain to a consecutive European Championship gold medal (Frankfurt, Germany).
In 2014 Abdi once again received the honour of being called up to Captain the GB Men’s Team, this time at the World Championships in South Korea. Then, the following year, Abdi played a crucial role in assisting the GB Men to their third consecutive European gold. "This sport has given me a lot of friends. As a kid, it gave me another purpose in life after my accident. It gave me confidence and the belief that you can do anything. My goal is to inspire the next generation. I actually do voluntary work in my local youth centres in Liverpool. I'm hoping to wider my field to Sheffield and Leicester too. I just want kids to stay out of trouble and see me as a role model".