By Sports Reporter
THERE is need for the civil society and other cooperating partners to support people with special disabilities to participate in sport activities, says acting president Special Olympics in Europe (SOE) David Evangelista.
Evangelista said that he was delighted that families were supportive of people with disabilities as well as communities, while the sports sector, civil leaders had continued to believe in their abilities.
He said this when he toured the OYDC facilities where kids with intellectual disabilities were conducting sport activities.
Evangelista said that persons with special disabilities deserved to enjoy a normal life, adding that there was therefore need for more parents and guardians to allow kids to participate in sports activities because disability was not inability.
He said that sports was a unifying factor that brought athletes together and taught them tolerance, acceptance and values.
Evangelista said Special Olympics Europe, through the African Region office will continue giving opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
He said the participation of children and adults with intellectual disabilities would facilitate development of physical fitness, demonstrate courage, possibility of experiencing joy, shared skills and friendship beyond nuclear families.
The SOE described the OYDC as one of the premiere facilities that opened its doors everyday to accommodate various athletics of different disciplines.
And Special Olympics ambassador Daisy Ng’uni, an athlete, said that she would help her colleagues including those that seemed inactive.
Ng’uni said that disabled kids were not supposed to be locked indoors but allowed to interact with friends.
She had faced some form of discrimination from some members of the community but that she never took it to mind and would continue to pursue her dream of being a successful athlete.