A ‘special’ sporting event for kids of all ages inaugurated in the city
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.
TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit was the chief guest