Training camp for blind footballers

Training camp for blind footballers
Participants along with Diethono Nakhro and others at Dimapur. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/15/2020 10:21:07 AM IST

For the first time in Nagaland, a two-day Nagaland blind football demo and training camp organised by Office of the Disabilities Commissioner got underway at Don Bosco Higher Secondary school Ground, Dimapur on Saturday.

The camp is being held with Nagaland State Disability Forum and Prodigals’ Home as organising partners in collaboration with the Indian Blind Football Federation.

Addressing the inaugural session, State Commissioner for Persons with Disability, Nagaland, Diethono Nakhro said that people with disabilities are the most excluded people in Naga society. While expressed her concern over lack of awareness on disability rights and their issues in the society to eradicate the stigma and discrimination in the society. She added people with disabilities were very poorly understood and were barely visible as equal citizens.

Para-sport in the state was never promoted except by some individuals with their own effort earned laurels, she said and added they were barely heard and were not supported. She, however, said that many positive changes are happening as discussion and steps are being taken up to set up Nagaland Paralympic Association which will be fully focused on building up of various Paralympic sports and conducting the blind football training which is the first of its kind event in the state, as introduction to para-sport in the state. She expressed appreciation to Indian Blind Football Federation for their support.

Sporting Director, IBFF, Sunil J Mathew briefed the gathering about their organisation and various steps that are being taken up to promote para-sports in the country.

Altogether 18 blind footballers are taking part in the event. The 2-day camp comprises 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.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a blind football demo game will be held at 12:30 pm followed by a closing programme.


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