Wheelchair basketball to be introduced in Manipur

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 4, 2018: The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) in partnership with department of social welfare and separtment of youth affairs and sports and Shishu SAROTHI is organising a 3-day Workshop on Wheelchair Basketball from September 5 to 7 at Khuman Lampak Indoor stadium, Imphal, Manipur.

This is the first time that Wheelchair Basketball is introduced in Manipur. The goal of the Workshop is to train the first set of players and coaches from Manipur state for the long term development of the sport amongst the disability sector in Manipur. It is hoped that the training will go a long way in contributing to increasing the number of qualified coaches and players for wheelchair basketball in India. Kalyani Rajaraman, secretary general, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India is organizing this event. Lee Roy Simon and Suvarna Limahe, nationally trained wheelchair basketball coach will be conducting the training. 25 trainee players will be participating out of which 5 will be women trainee players.

At the end of the 3 day workshop, on September 7 an exhibition match on Wheelchair Basketball will be played followed by valedictory program and distribution of certificates.

Ten best players will be selected and they will form Manipur Wheelchair basketball team and will participate in the upcoming “5th National wheelchair basketball championship, 2018” at Erode, Tamil Nadu from 20 to 23, September.

Wheelchair basketball is a para sport played in Paralympics since 1960 and around 105 countries are playing this game. In India this sport was introduced by WBFI in 2014.

Persons with physical disabilities, disability below lower limb like polio, amputee, minor disability in leg, paraplegic, spinal cord injury can participate. They should have strong upper limb to move the sports wheelchair and hold the ball. WBFI encourages women to participate in large number as we believe in inclusion.

The workshop will be inaugurated by Nemcha Kipgen, minister for social welfare and cooperation among others.

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