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First ever Paralympics Game in Arunachal

First ever Paralympics Game in Arunachal

“I don’t have a dis-ability, I have a different-ability”. These words by Robert M Hensel, who holds the world record for longest non-stop wheelies on a wheelchair fits well on the participants of Arunachal Pradesh’s first Paralympics.

TheArunachal Pradesh Paralympics Association (APPA) led by its President Kongo Taku and Secretary General Rojot Gaduk  held the first Paralympics this year, in collaboration with the District Administration Capital Complexandstate Directorate of Sportsat Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, which was held from March 15 to 17 with an assorted range of competitions, including wheelchair race, running race, shot-put, javelin throw, chess and arm-wrestling, among other events.

The exciting and offbeat event was officially declared open bySports and Youth affairsSecretaryDani Sulu on March 15 last and saw 130 participants register for the 12 events in the Paralympics.

Addressing the enthusiastic participants and hordes of supporters,Sulusaid thatit wasan honor to beapart of this event and congratulatedtheAPPA for their determinationin makingthis dreama reality andappealedto the audience to encouragethe Paralympics.

The APPA also submitted a five-point memorandum to Sulu which include establishment of boys’ and girls’ hostel at SLSA Sports Complex, creation of 5 posts for the games and procurement of sports equipments through the sports fund among other needs.

A beautifuldance wasalsopresentedbystudents ofDonyi-PoloSchool forthe Hearing Impaired (DPSHI), Chimpu on the opening day.

Youth Affairs DirectorDKDinglow, Cultural Affairs SecretarySonam Chombay, Director of SportsTadar Appaand Itanagar DCSandeep KumarSingh were also present to encourage the participants.

The three-day event concluded with an impressive valedictory function.RTI Commissioner Abraham K Techi while exuding pride on being part of the first ever Paralympics held in the state, also appealed to the organizing team of APPA to escape the temptation of commercialization of the event and not allow any political parties to misuse the platform of APPA.

Guest of honour, SSA Deputy Director Likha Sampu impressed upon the differently-able students and citizens to not allow doubts and uncertainty to creep in within them and instead claim their rightful place in the society. 

Subsequently, in the prize distribution ceremony that ensued, Tabom Tatak ended up with the highest number of prizes under the boys and men’s category, while Liter Ori dominated the girls’ category. Kipa Kat stood out in the women’s open category, while in the lone team match of volleyball, Kurung Kumey and DPSHI came in first and second respectively.

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