Training camp for blind footballers in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 10:26:02 AM IST

For the first time in Nagaland, a blind football demo and training camp will be organised on February 15th and 16th at Don Bosco Hr Sec School Ground, Riverbelt Colony, Dimapur. 

A press release from Diethono Nakhro, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities stated, the two-day camp will comprise of training basic skills of the game to interested young B1 players (athletes who are totally or almost totally blind), as well as training session for coaches and referees on rules and regulations of the game and other coaching tips. While a demo game with an invited team will be played on day-2 to conclude the camp. A brief inaugural programme will be held at 9:30 am to kick off the training camp on February 15th, while on February 16th, a blind football demo game will be held at 12:30 pm followed by a closing programme to mark the conclusion of the camp.
The camp is being conducted by the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Nagaland, in collaboration with the Indian Blind Football Federation (IBFF). The organising partners are Nagaland State Disability Forum (NSDF) and Prodigals’ Home (PH), Dimapur. It was informed that an established blind player, Indian International Gabriel was expected to come in from Bengaluru to help train the players and play in the demo exhibition game as well. The organising committee has invited the general public to be part of this first-of-its-kind event and also encourage our young athletes to build the game and compete at a professional level. 
Blind Football is a fast paced 5-a-side football played by visually impaired athletes using a ball with a noise-making device inside. Matches are played between two teams, ground size of 40m X 20m, each with four outfield players and a goalkeeper. 
The pitch is surrounded with a rebound wall; the sport is played with no throw-ins and no offside rule, which ensures non-stop action. Matches are played over two halves of 25 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for half-time. All players are blindfolded before a game so that this becomes a ‘level playing field’ for all players partial or fully blind.

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