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Sports for special kids, tips for parents

As many as 400 differently abled children had a great time participating in a host of activities like athletics, football and bocce on the premises of St Paul’s School at Bahu Bazar on Wednesday.

Organised by Special Olympics Bharat and funded by Jamsetji Tata Trust, this was the fifth camp of the ongoing project, Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities through Sports.

The camp also housed a training corner where 25 parents brought in their specially abled wards for picking up exercises they could practise at home.

A health check-up was also organised at the venue.

Hatia resident Shama Parveen had accompanied her 16-year-old deaf and mute daughter Nasreen. “I am picking up various signs from the trainers so that I can converse with my daughter as she is unable to speak or hear. Such free camps should be organised on a regular basis,” she added.

Lowadih homemaker Sunita Devi was seen holding her two-year-old son Chandan Kumar. “Ye chal nahi pata hain, iss liye hum training ke liye aaye hain (He can’t walk. So, we came over for training),” she said.

Training apart, some disabled children were spotted playing football and bocce. Physically challenged Abhinesh Jaiswal (15) was one among them.

Yahan competition nahi ho raha hai iss liye maza aa raha hain. Humlog sab ek saath khel rahe hain (This is not a competition. So, I am really enjoying playing with everyone),” he said.

Harpreet Singh, senior manager of Special Olympics Bharat, said the outfit had already organised such camps in 647 districts across 35 states. “Our main goal is to provide a platform to special children to showcase their sporting skills,” he said.

Special Olympics Bharat organises sporting events for persons with disabilities. While sports remain the mainstay, regular training sessions are carried out to aid special athletes’ physical, mental and emotional development.