SPORTS FOR THE DISABLED
The Sports for the Disabled Programme is funded by the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of India. Both urban and rural CWSN are covered under this programme. The children that participate have various disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, multiple disability, mental retardation, Down’s Syndrome, and the like. A total of 146 children are covered under this scheme.
The children are involved in various sport like cricket, volley ball, table tennis, soft ball, handball, football, basketball, badminton, cycling, hockey, and athletics. Training is provided five days a week. In addition to these trainings, regular health check-ups are carried out, and in case of malnourishment a nutritionist is consulted.
As a result of this programme, not only has the country been represented by these special athletes at the Special Olympics World Summer Games at Abu Dhabi and Asia Pacific Regional Games, Australia but they have also brought laurels to the country by bagging medals at these competitions.