Wheelchair basketball camp underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 5, 2018: First  ever Wheelchair Basketball camp was today launched at Khuman Lampakindoor stadium organized by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) in collaboration with department of social welfare, and department of youth affairs and sports, and Shishu Sarothi.

The camp was launched by social welfare and cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen.

She said NemchaKipgen sports is important in everyone’s life and it is even more important in the life of a differently-abled person. Sport teaches independence, disciplined lifestyle and sense of competition, involvement in any form of sports will have rehabilitation not only on the physical body but also on rehabilitating and enhancing the willpower of the physically challenged person, she asserted.

Differently abled people participate in high performance as well as in competitive and recreational sport. The efforts of persons with disabilities who overcomes the odds and participates in any paralympic games is commendable and something that should be encouraged and motivated by all, she added.

Social welfare department has been earnestly working for improving the lives of our differently-abled people by implementing various welfare schemes and programmes to support them for secure education, academic, skill development that will enable them to earn a living and to become self-independent, said the minister.

The goal of the 3-day camp 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. Twenty-five trainee players will be participating out of which five will be women trainee players.

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.

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