Issued on 25th August, 2014
Civilian Welfare Foundation (CWF) is organising a Walk for Paralympics on August 28, 2013.This is the 3rd year of this initiative. The walk will begin at 2 PM from Jadavpur University (8B Bustand) to Deshapriya Park.
The walk is awaited to bring forth a substantial crew from diverse facets of the guild. Students and staffs from 53 schools and from 32 disabled and special schools have been invited to this Walk. More than 200 organizations have been invited along with more than 50 organization for disabled. This year we have invited 10 consulates namely – Nepal, United Kingdom, United States of America, Brazil, Spain, Austria, etc. Some of the eminent personalities from the Creative & Sports world (both able bodied and disabled) have also pledged to join our cause. Some of them are Anindo Mukherjee, Ankush, Sohom , Tanushree , Sambaran Banerjee and Lakhi Ratan Shukla, Saheb Hussain, Mohammed Gaffar, Rubia ChatterjeeWe r expecting over 1000 people to turn up for the Walk.
The event is intended to disseminate an awareness and lend to notice the plight and promise of a group of individuals who resist all occurrences to dilute their capacity to perform at the highest level; and emerge victorious every single time. The event will hopefully elevate the disabled athletes their share of glory now when the nation despondently looks for inspiration. The generations of these enduring champions have always been snubbed by their respective state authorities and fellow citizens and the walk aspires to raise the stir for an amendment of the mistakes made in the past.
The standard formulations and the common goal rest not solely on the success of one such single event but on its sustainability which the Civilian Welfare Foundation assures to uphold.
The main dockets to be adverted and assisted by the walk are noted below:
- Equality in sports: Sports for the disabled has always been deprived of basic amenities. This not only includes basic sports facilities but also deprivation at various levels. Recently from Bengal more than 20 athletes couldn’t participate in various international events even though they qualified and thought to be prospective medal winners for those events. The only reason being the system where Para-sports is still considered to be just another case of “sympathy”.
- Participation of Women Athletes : Though other olympic sports are witnessing a good number of women athletes , Para sports in India is yet to witness anything like that. Till now no female athlete has ever been at Paralympic Games which is held every 4 years along with Olympic Games.
- Scouting of Junior (under 21) Para-athlete: This is in a very serious state ! India is terribly lacking in scouting Junior Athletes. There is a huge scarcity of junior athletes in para sports which makes the future of Indian Paralympics even bleaker !
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