Par­a­lympics Com­mit­tee stages tour­na­ment

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

THE Na­tional Par­a­lympics Com­mit­tee of Le­sotho (NAPCOL) will hold a one-day tour­na­ment for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity on Satur­day at a venue yet to be con­firmed.

NAPCOL pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Nte­bo­heng Kele told the Sun­day Ex­press that four cen­tres cater­ing for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, namely St. Ber­nadette, St. An­gela, Mot­sekuoa and Pit­seng, would take part in the event which is aimed at groom the next par­a­lympians.

She said they would com­pete in the shot put, dis­cus, javelin and ta­ble ten­nis dis­ci­plines.

“We no­ticed there would be a huge gap once our par­a­lympians re­tire so this tour­na­ment, which will be hold an­nu­ally, is aimed at groom­ing new ath­letes to close this gap,” Kele re­cently told the Sun­day Ex­press.

She said they vis­ited Pit­seng, Mot­sekuoa and St. An­gela and handed over sport­ing equip­ment.

“We have vis­ited three cen­tres and handed over equip­ment for field events to en­able them to train and choose the dis­ci­plines they want to take part in,” she said, adding, they would stage a sim­i­lar tour­na­ment in other dis- tricts.

“It is a known fact that not all peo­ple with dis­abil­ity lives at these cen­tres so we de­cided this tour­na­ment would also be held in the dif­fer­ent dis­tricts to give oth­ers a chance to par­tic­i­pate.

“It is still work in progress but the plan is to grow it into a na­tion­wide tour­na­ment that is open for ev­ery per­son liv­ing with dis­abil­ity in or­der to em­power them,” Kele said.

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