18 blind footballers participates in Blind Football Demo games

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A two-day Nagaland Blind Football Demo/Training Camp got underway at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Ground, Dimapur on 15th February 2020. (IA Dimapur)

Society should stop stigmatizing disabled ones…, says Nakhro

Dimapur, February 16: Two-day Blind Football Demo games commenced from today, the first of its kind in the state of Nagaland conducted by the office of State Disability Commissioner, Nagaland State Disability Forum and Prodigals Home in collaboration with the Indian Blind Football Federation (IBFF) at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School ground, River Belt Colony with large numbers of participants.
Speaking on the occasion, State Commissioner for Persons with Disability, Diethono Nakhro appreciated the efforts of all the organising partners for jointly conducting the first Blind Football demo games in the state for the visually impaired and exhorted the players to outshine in their respective fields.
She said in terms of the disabled people we are gearing up to do more in days to come and an atmosphere of belongingness is being created amongst the disabled people and the society at large.
“Society should stop stigmatizing the disabled ones, rather the approach should be encouraging and comforting one” she said and added in our society, the disabled have no place and they are left isolated as a separate entity and such societal behavior towards the disabled creates an atmosphere of isolation and discrimination.
She said that many disabled are multi talented and grooming is needed but society hardly cares about them and so they are left unattended, rather isolated.
Commenting on the state support she said, “At present many positive changes are taking place and the state government is listening to us and addressing our demands put forward. This is the atmosphere we need to create for the betterment of the disabled and the participation of all is a necessary requisite”.
Lamenting on the pathetic conditions of the disabled people, she said “Disabled people are the most rejected groups in our Naga society, they are barely treated as humans and appealed for imbibing a positive and friendly culture towards them. We barely talks about them and nobody pays any attention”.
“We should be ashamed because we tend to stigmatize a disabled without even knowing relevant facts, she said”.
Nakhro assured the gathering that more needs to be done and Football for the blind is a new concept to all of us, she remarked and expressed optimism that Football for the blind and other forms of sports for the Disabled groups should be taken up and exuded confidence that the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) will be conducting Para Olympics for the disabled groups.
Sunil J Mathew, Sporting Director, IBBF also spoke on the occasion deliberating on the training modules for the Disabled.
Altogether 18 blind footballers are taking part in the training. (Page News Service)