Over 700 differently-abled youngsters from various parts of the district participated in the district-level sports meet organised by the Disabled Welfare Department at the District Sports Authority stadium here on Friday. Accompanied by their parents and coaches, the youngsters were eager to participate in the events that were designed specially for them.
Competitions were conducted in tug of war, chess, running and shot put for the visually challenged, volleyball, kabaddi, tennikoit, carroms, running, shot put and long jump for the hearing impaired, carroms, running, tri-cycle racing, shotput and long jump for the orthopaedic handicapped and carroms, running, long jump and shot put events for the mentally challenged were conducted during the day.
While 130 enthusiasts participated in the events, the others encouraged their friends with whistles and hoots.
The visually challenged were keen on the commentary, while the others tried to explain them in detail about the events that were taking place on the playground.
Inaugurating the event, Kakinada Rural MLA Kurasala Kanna Babu said that though the district was known as a developed one, it was unfortunate that five per cent of its population was differently-abled.
He observed that consanguine weddings taking place in large numbers were the prime reason for the increase in the registration of differently-abled cases. He said that the State government allocated 20 resource centres to train the differently-abled with an expected outlay of Rs. 9 lakh each.
Referring to the event, Mr. Kanna Babu said that there was no question of winning and defeat, as each and every participant had to be declared as winner.
Additional Joint Collector B. Rama Rao, Assistant Director of the Disabled Welfare department Venkateswara Rao and other officials were present.