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ASA promoted ‘Play4Inclusion’ on IDSDP 2018

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ASA promoted ‘Play4Inclusion’ on IDSDP 2018

The event showcased how sport and games can help foster inclusion and community development.

Continuing to utilise sports as a sustainable tool for holistic development and inclusiveness at the grassroots, Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) celebrated International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) in three different locations in the district on 6 April 2018: Anantapur Sports Village, Atmakur and Bathalapalli Development Centres.

The event saw a total participation of 112 girls and 118 boys from Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Special Olympics programme (40), Inclusive School (40) and ASA (150). The day’s celebration kicked off with fun-games aimed at spreading awareness about disability and were made accessible for all the participants.

The event was among the 550 sports events registered on april6.org, an initiative by Peace and Sport, Monaco, which mapped IDSDP events around the world. “It was a great feeling to learn how to express my name in sign language and making a new friend who couldn’t hear and talk”, says B Anusha, the U16 cricket player at ASA after taking part in mixed gender fun-games.

An interesting Hindi film (Iqbal) was screened for the children with a storyline based on an athlete with disabilities and how he overcomes difficulties to join the national cricket team. Apart from the film, children took a keen interest in participating in the #whitecard campaign and pledged to be an active promoter of peace and positivity through sports. “The idea was to bring everyone under one roof to promote the notion of oneness through sports. More of such events will be planned in the future”, says the Loic Yves Joanno, the Academy Programs Coordinator at ASA.

Over the years ASA has played a key role in entitling ‘Right to Play’ to all the aspiring individuals by providing an alternative through sports. Events like ‘Play4Inclusion’ have been an excellent platform to showcase sports to be a successful tool in fostering inclusiveness and an understanding for community development in developing countries like India.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]

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Friday, April 27, 2018 - 17:31