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Summer challenge for special athletes
- 3-week camp from May 10

Special athletes of Jamshedpur must have already started flexing muscles in the run-up to the three-week-long summer camp, which begins at JRD Tata Sports Complex on May 10.

The Jharkhand unit of Special Olympics Bharat is conducting the camp for keeping athletes charged up for the upcoming national championships. The camps will be held simultaneously in five other venues, namely Ranchi, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Chakradharpur.

State Special Olympics assistant area director Satbir Singh Sahota said that as many as 50 students from organisations like Asha Kiran, Society for Technical Assistance and Remedial Training, Jeevika, Astitva, School of Hope and Day Care Centre would be participating in the camp.

“We are introducing kho-kho for the first time. Participants will also get an opportunity to polish their soccer, handball, athletics, badminton, and bocce skills during the exercise. A circular regarding the camp has been sent to schools. Powerlifting has also been arranged for the physically strong participants,” the official said.

Sahota said the camp would act as a launch pad for local athletes to prepare themselves for national fixtures. “Stellar shows in the nationals will pave the way for Jharkhand athletes to be slotted for national camps. Thereafter, good performance at that level will earn them berths for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles,” he said.

A bunch of special athletes, including Tushar Das, Achal Gaurav and Anita Kumari, have already made Jharkhand proud by proving their mettle at the World Summer and Winter Games.

Although the steel city is the epicentre of Special Olympics activities, the state unit has started spreading its wings to other districts as well.

It has already conducted sports activities in Hazaribagh and Ramgarh and is planning to organise events in other districts.

“Organising simultaneous summer camps in Ranchi, Bokaro, Ramgarh, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Chakradharpur is a step in that direction. We have roped in some NGOs that will help schools based in these places conduct the camps,” Sahota said.