With the excitement of the Olympics looming at large at Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, the 2016 Paralympics Games being organized in the same place shouldn’t be any less stirring. The Paralympics, commencing from September 7 to September 18, will have sixteen participants representing India, with Athletics Manager R.D. Singh and Arjuna Award recipient and international sportsperson, Prashant Karmakar, representing India as the Coach at Rio. The participants include Arjuna Award Recipient Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sandeep Chaudhary, and the only two female participants from India, Deepa Malik and Pooja.
However, owing to the general lack of awareness among the common people regarding the Paralympics, Civilian Welfare Foundation (CWF) has come up with a unique approach to make this event come into public notice, an initiative that we can but whole heartedly support. The NGO, which has been associated with the Paralympics for the last five years, organizes a walk each year on the 28th of August. Their way of celebrating the Paralympics and disability sports at large will be taking place this year as well. Apart from highlighting the Paralympics, CWF also strives to make the masses more aware and tries to present it from the athletes’ point of view, thereby garnering more positive response and making it more popular. The last Para Walk organized by CWF saw Deepa Malik’s daughter Devika Malik participate in the cause.
Since the event is not covered extensively by other media sources, it is imperative that word is spread and support is extended to encourage this unique endeavour, which would not only go on to put Paralympics and Disability Rights on the map, but would also encourage people to view Paralympics in a completely new light. Your presence could make all the difference and make the event a grand success. Be there for the cause.