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Posted On: 24 February 2009 02:23 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Sports day for special-needs students

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THE Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Qatar Special Needs Federation are jointly organising an all-day event for students with disabilities today at Qatar Sports Club. Over 180 students with special needs will participate in table tennis and athletics contests. The event is part of the annual Schools Olympic Day initiative and organised for students with special needs. Schools Olympic Day sports competition manager Jamal al-Baker said: “Our ambition is to enable students with a disability to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire them to take part in the Schools Olympic Day programme. Competitive sports have proved to be an effective vehicle to promote equality and inclusion and the Special Day event breaks new ground in Qatar.” The Qatar Special Needs Federation was established in July 2001 to help integrate people with disabilities into society through sport and encourage them to participate in national and international championships and tournaments. The federation works in co-ordination with the local institutions and schools for disabled people such as Shafallah Centre. “Disabled athletes are amazing examples of sportsmanship and courage. Competitive sports illuminate the realm of possibility and I am proud of their dedication and perseverance,” al-Baker added.