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Part of the game: Disability sports in Nepal and beyond


Part of the game: Disability sports in Nepal and beyond

Nepal has tremendous opportunities to promote sport for people living with disabilities.

Nepal has all the potential to become an international powerhouse with regards to incorporating sport and disabilities. It is not only leading in blind cricket but wheelchair basketball is also becoming more and more prominent.

In November last year, the best wheelchair basketball players represented the country in the first regional competition held in Bangladesh.

Next December an even bigger tournament, organised by the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, is going to be held in Nepal. At the same time, in order to lay the foundation for a strong disability sport sector, we need to cement the enabling factors that can allow disability sport, and sport more generally, to prosper in the country.

For example, attempts at amending the national legislation promoting sport in the country, an outdated piece of law that does not make any reference to disability sport, are stalled.

Currently, discussions are underway under the leadership of the Nepal Spinal Cord Injury Sports Association to set the building blocks for a disability sport federation that could group together all the non-profits involved in the sector.

Room for more
Surely, the Government of Nepal can do much more to recognise sport for development and peace, particularly in the disability sector, including redoubling its financial support to promote inclusion and the health of persons living with disabilities through sports. This new effort should be carried out with total transparency and accountability. The private sector can also certainly play a very important role in providing financial support to sport with a particular focus on disabilities.

In India, a ground-breaking publication, the Power of Play, offers a bold vision to promote sport for development and even the government is putting huge resources in the sector.

Nepal boasts incredible athletes that are not being recognised for their achievements. This is unfair and unacceptable. On the occasion of IDSDP, we should not forget that sport is for all.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Simone Galimberti


Monday, April 6, 2015 - 23:00