More than 500 children, in addition to several adults, all having some form of disability, took part in various sports competitions at the Oval Grounds here on Wednesday.
The events were organised as part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, scheduled to be observed at the Dasara exhibition grounds on December 3.
Children from government and private schools, institutions run by the non-government organisations, general public, participated in competitions in various age groups. Children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, hearing, visual or speech impairments and locomotor disabilities, participated. Events such as running, lemon-and-spoon race, and musical chair were held.
The Commissioner of Mysore City Corporation P.G. Ramesh, who presided over the function, said that disabled persons were second to none in acquiring skills and they needed encouragement instead of compassion.
He gave examples of several disabled persons who excelled in art, culture and sports.
Director of the Department of Physical Education, University of Mysore, C. Krishna said the event heralded a message to people that sports and games know no boundaries.
H.S. Balaram, Mysore District Officer for the Differently-abled told The Hindu that participants from all over the district had participated in the events.
The cultural events, as a run up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, had concluded on November 18.
The event was jointly organised by the Department of Woman and Child Welfare, Department for the Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens, in association with the NGOs.
The events used to be held at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium every year; however, owing to the ongoing laying of synthetic track there, it was shifted to Oval Grounds this year.