A ‘spe­cial’ sport­ing event for kids of all ages in­au­gu­rated in the city

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI EXPRESS -

At the event, spe­cial chil­dren play with other chil­dren be­cause our main motto is over­all in­clu­sion. We hope this will en­cour­age wide­spread in­clu­sion.

—Vikash Na­har, Chair­man of MWRT 10

The Madras West Round Ta­ble 10 (MWRT10) in as­so­ci­a­tion with Spe­cial Olympics Bharat or­gan­ised the ‘MWRT 10 – Uni­fied Spe­cial Olympics 2019’ in the pres­ence of TN gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Purohit at Nehru In­door Sta­dium on Satur­day. The pro­gramme has been a reg­u­lar event of the MWRT 10 for the past 27 years and is one of the few sports meets in the city that is ex­clu­sively con­ducted for chil­dren with both phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. “We started off with 80 par­tic­i­pants nearly three decades ago and to­day, we have more than 1,500 par­tic­i­pants. Also, for the first time, we are con­duct­ing the games at the Asia-Pa­cific level. We have ath­letes fly­ing in from Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan to com­pete and spread friend­ship be­yond bor­ders. In the event, spe­cial chil­dren play with other chil­dren be­cause our main motto is over­all in­clu­sion. We hope this event and more such ef­forts will en­cour­age wide­spread in­clu­sion of spe­cial chil­dren with reg­u­lar chil­dren, mak­ing for a truly uni­fied so­ci­ety,” said Vikash Na­har, chair­man, MWRT 10. The event wit­nessed over 1,500 spe­cial chil­dren and over 200 coaches. Gover­nor of Tamil Nadu Ban­war­i­lal Purohit fe­lic­i­tated the sportsper­sons who will be tak­ing part in the Sum­mer World Spe­cial Olympics games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. Speak­ing at the event, he said, “Sports help chil­dren de­velop men­tal and phys­i­cal tough­ness, and en­hance their mo­tor and cog­ni­tive skills. They also train chil­dren on how to han­dle suc­cess and dis­ap­point­ments.” The event has not only been fo­cus­ing on schools in the city but also in other dis­tricts. A spe­cial child study­ing at Pari­valaya school, K Dak­shayini, who took part in the 50 me­tres run­ning event, said she has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event for three years and that she looks for­ward to it ev­ery year. Her teach­ers say the rea­son kids love the event is the dis­tance of the track is al­tered ac­cord­ing to the chil­dren’s abil­ity.

Z D Sampathkumar

TN Gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Purohit was the chief guest

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