15-day residential Wheelchair Basketball camp underway at CYLC court
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Sep 10 : A 15-day residential coaching camp for Wheelchair Basketball kicked off today at Chingamathak Young Learners' Club, Singjamei Chingamathak Hao Ground today under the aegis of Wheelchair Basketball Association, Manipur (WBAM).
The camp for select athletes with locomotor disabilities is being organised in view of the 8th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship due to be held from October 22 to 28 in Patna, Bihar.
The camp was inaugurated in the presence of Waikhom Birahari, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Manipur as the chief guest; Kiran Yendremban, social activist and vice president of Wheelchair Basketball Association, Manipur as functional president; Tuikhang Tongsin Koireng, member Manipur State Women Commission; Wangkheimayum Jay, vice president CYLC and Konjengbam Chingkham, advisor to CYLC as guests of honour respectively.
Speaking on why the camp is being organised, secretary of Wheelchair Basketball Association, Manipur Md Yunus Khan said that most of the people who rely on wheelchairs remained indoors on account of shyness or other reasons.
To encourage these people to socialize and provide an inclusive atmosphere, the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India started organising the National championship since 2012, he said.
Manipur too joined the movement from 2017 and started encouraging the discipline for the disabled persons courtesy a three day residential coaching camp organised by the Social Welfare Department and Youth Affairs and Sports Department, he said.
After having participated in the National competitions held in Chennai in 2018 and Punjab in 2019, Manipur hosted the North East Zonal competition in 2022 at Brahmapur Nahabam Basketball court and emerged the champions, he said.
The camp which kicked off today will give intensive training to select 16 players (8 men and 8 women) athletes for the National Championship hosted by Bihar, he said. The camp is made possible through the contributions of the athletes themselves and other generous individuals and social groups, he said while adding that disabled people are no lesser athletes and are determined to bring laurels and honours to the State.
He also sought blessings and support from other sections of the society.
The Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities also handed over 5 wheelchairs to the athletes at the occasion.