First ever Paralympics Games begins in Arunachal Pradesh
Posted on: 16 Mar 2016 13:34:24
16 March 2016 Current Affairs: The first Paralympic Games in the State organized by Arunachal Pradesh Paralympics Association (APPA) began at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy Complex, Chimpu, Itanagar on 15,2016.Secretary, Sports Dani Salu, who hoisted the Games flag and later declared the competition open, said that the differently abled persons can also perform equally well.Citing the examples of German Music Composer Ludwig van Beethoven and inventor of gramophone Thomas Alva Edison, who were deaf, Salu encouraged the so called differently abled people to strengthen their will power and self confidence, which will help them overcome all hurdles in life.Highlighting the rights and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities (differently abled person), the Secretary (Sports) encouraged them for full participation in all field.Salu also positively responded to the memorandum submitted by APPA, saying that their demands will be looked into.The memorandum demanded corpus fund of Rs. 20 Lakh for Paralympic Games, Rs. 10 Lakh each for Umang Festival and for procurement of sports goods/items, boys and girls’ hostels for persons with disabilities, their training at SLSA, and creation/appointment of five posts of coaches for them.Over 130 differently abled persons from various parts of the State and DPM School for Hearing and Visually Impaired are participating in the Three-day Games. The events included, 100M, 400M, 800M and Wheel Chair Race (100M), Long Jump, Shot Put, Javelin Throw, Chess, Carrom, Volleyball (Men) and Arm Wrestling.Earlier, inauguration songs by the visually impaired children of Donyi-Polo Mission School of Hearing and Visually Impaired and the dance to the tune of famous ‘Rikam Pada’ by the hearing impaired children received a big round of applauses from the sizable spectators present on the occasion.Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh, Director Sports Tadar Appa, Director Youth Affairs DK Dinglow were present during the inaugural function.The Games is organized under the aegis of Directorate of Sports and Capital Complex Administration.Volley Ball, carom, wheel chair race, running race, long jump, shot put, javelin throw and arm wrestling are the main sporting activities in this three day event.
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