Kenyans prove dis­abil­ity is not in­abil­ity in Rio

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

De­spite the lim­i­ta­tion of team size at the in­sti­ga­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee, the Kenya par­a­lympians who jet­ted out to Rio de Janeiro less than two weeks ago clearly made ev­ery cho­sen team mem­ber count.

As a re­sult Kenyans can now bask in the glory of hav­ing won three gold medals, a sil­ver and two bronze medals. That was good enough for fifth place in Africa be­hind Nige­ria with eight gold, two sil­ver and two bronze; South Africa with 7,6, 4, Al­ge­ria 4, 5, 7 and Egypt 3, 5, 5.

When looked at in con­text, this was a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance by the Kenyans be­cause they were among the small­est con­tin­gents at the Games. The fact that some of the Kenyan com­peti­tors suf­fered dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion only em­pha­sises the medal haul could have been even more im­pres­sive.

This show­ing should un­der­score the im­por­tance of not over­look­ing the dis­abled in our midst - be­cause the ath­letes have con­tin­ued to prove that dis­abil­ity is cer­tainly not in­abil­ity.

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