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Ground set to tap rare talent
- Sporting bonanza for special people

The Bihar Disabled Sports Academy — an association working for the differently abled — will organise district- and state-level competitions round the year to promote sports among such people.

“Swimming, archery, chess, football championships and many such sporting events will be organised throughout the year,” Ajit Kumar Jha, the programme manager of the academy, said while releasing the sports body’s annual calendar at Scada Business Centre on Wednesday.

Jha said the academy has not confined sports activities for the differently abled only within the state capital but it has organised several sports activities in remote areas as well.

“This year, too, we will organise competitions in remote areas, including Bettiah, Nawada and Bhagalpur,” he said.

“In Patna, many associations organise sports activities for the differently abled. However, in small towns, sports activities are hardly to be seen. Thus, the academy has made it a point to organise events every year for the differently abled. This is the 12th edition of the state-level championship for the special people,” Jha said.

Speaking about the annual sports calendar of the academy, the chairperson of the organisation, Vinod Bhanti said: “On June 14, we will organise the 12th Bihar State Level Disabled Swimming Championship in Munger.

On June 16-17, the State Level Archery Championship will be organised in Bhagalpur. On June 26-27, the 12th Bihar State Level Chess Championship will be organised in Bettiah, while on July 1-2, the 12th State Level Disabled Football Cup will be held in Khagaria.”

Shivajee, the secretary of the academy, said: “Sports is the best way to tap the talent of the differently abled people. Today, many special people are making their career in sports. Such competitions help recognise their true potential.”