More than 350 children participate in the Special Olympics in Visakhapatnam
More than 350 children from 14 special schools in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts participated in the 18th Special Olympics, a sports event for the disabled organized by Junior Chamber International Visakhapatnam (JCI Vizag), which took place held at Diamond Jubilee Port Stadium here on Sunday.
Children enthusiastically participate in the Special Olympics at the Visakhapatnam Port Stadium on Sunday. | Photo credit: KR DEEPAK
Divisional Director of Railways Anup Kumar Satpathy, who attended as the main guest, declared the sporting event open. GITAM Considered as the President of M. Sribharat University, Jeevan Jyothi Volla of Junior Chamber (ZVP-Region B) and MD of Ora Motors Krishnakanth participated as guests in the inaugural ceremony.
More than 60 categories of sporting events were organized for special children in the age groups of 8-12, 12-20 and over 20. Visually and hearing impaired children, physically and mentally handicapped children participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Some of the events included the 50m and 100m foot race, shot put, javelin throw, wheelchair race, discus throw and softball. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were served to all children, their chaperones, parents and coaches.
GVMC Commissioner G. Lakshmisha participated as the main guest in the farewell ceremony held in the evening.
The special guests were specially disabled people from Visakhapatnam, who are an inspiration to others. They include: Dev Prasad, a visually impaired person, Sai Padma, who has poliomyelitis and founding president of Global AID, B. Pragnad, a food innovator and social entrepreneur, Dilip Patro, founder of The Ability People, and Kavya Purnima. , a young woman, with later visual impairment. Medals were given to the winners and certificates were given to all the participants.
Special Olympics founder Prakash Kochar said that while all children are special, some of them are more special. The rolling shield was given in the name of his younger brother Prem Kochar, who lost his life in an accident, every year at school, who performed well in all categories of tests.
The need of the hour was to encourage interested children, regardless of their disability, to play sports as parasports were gaining prominence in India and globally.
A group of amateur radio operators (Dolphin Amateur Radio Repeater Club) has been set up for radio communication in the event of emergency services for children in the field. Students from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Waltair and some scouts from the school volunteered to give a group performance. The food was sponsored by Sri Sai Samsthan Charitable Trust.
JCI President Vizag, S. Venkatesh and Secretary V. Chaitanya were present.