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India’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Gears Up for Bangkok Challenge

India’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team Gears Up for Big Bangkok Challenge

Date: 23rd Jan, 2017 28th Jan, 2017.
Venue : Bangkok , Thailand.

This first time in the history of Indian Paralympics Indian team has represented in an International match.

Yes, WCBB Indian U23 team is now in Bangkok participating in World Championship U23 Qualifying tournament for Asia Oceania Zone. Matches are from 21st to 28th January 2017.

India’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team Gears Up for Big Bangkok Challenge

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Roadmap for promotion of Wheelchair Basketball sport

Moderator:

Ms. Maureen Orchard, Secretary General, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)

Panel Members:

From IWBF:

1. Mr. Norbert Kucera, Chairman of Technical Commission, IWBF

2. Mr. Toufic Allouche, Classification Officer, IWBF Asia Oceania Zone, IWBF

3. Mr. Maurice Hammerton, Development Officer, IWBF Europe

From ICRC:

4. Ms. Angel Singha, Social Inclusion Officer, International Committee of the Red Cross

From Sports Sciences Experts:

5. Dr. Tarun Sachdeva, Sports Medicine Specialist & Scientific Advisor for Sports Authority of

India and Delhi Dynamos Football Club

6. Mr. Prasanna Chaudhary, Managing Director, Nutra Supplements

7. Mr. Ananda Jyothi, Sports Physiotherapist & Technical Director, Wheelchair Basketball

Federation of India (WBFI)

From WBFI:

8. Ms. P. Madhavi Latha, President, WBFI

9. Ms. Kalyani Rajaraman, Secretary General, WBFI

10. Ms. R. Shanthy, Joint Secretary, WBFI

Discussion:

Ms. Maureen began with challenging the members of the panel to find ways to develop the wheelchair basketball (WCBB) sports discipline in India. Before the discussion began, she focused light on the areas that members represented which consisted of four different schools of thought i.e., (1) WCBB developers, promoters on sharing their expertise and future course; (2) Sports Medicine on what needs to be developed in the area of scientific sport, nutrition, etc.; (3) Technical side of WCBB and (4) Government on how they can promote the sport discipline. The floor was opened for discussion.

Ms. Madhavi emphasized that sports for the disabled is not just for rehabilitation but is also for growth of an individual. It boosts the confidence levels immensely. It is extremely crucial to create awareness on disability sports which can also be taken up professionally. It is a big concern that in general sports is looked upon as an alternative, extra-curricular activity when in fact, it must be made a part of education curriculum. The challenge lies in creating awareness at all levels, be it government, education institutions, society or home. When one talks of promoting wheelchair basketball, many factors come into play. An athlete with disability must have the support of his/her family which is the foundation to build a continuous engagement to playing the sport. When an athlete is in a position to play, procuring a sports wheelchair is a costly affair. The biggest hurdle the community faces is importing sports wheelchairs. She stressed on the importance of sports

wheelchairs being able to be manufactured locally which is currently not taking place. So we have to ask for financial support for purchasing those wheelchairs in order to play the sport. For playing wheelchair basketball, it is vital to have courts that are wooden for the longevity of wheelchairs. Then the stadia must be accessible where the athlete with disability using wheelchairs be able to move freely without any assistance by having ramps, wide entrance doors, accessible toilets among other modifications. This all can happen when there is awareness at the government level. When government understands that sports is an important aspect in the lives of athletes with disabilities (making the athlete community more visible) then the changes will take place automatically. These gaps were highlighted so that it may be addressed at national and state levels.

Ms. Kalyani Rajaraman reiterated the importance of team work. Technical officials and players cannot function without the support of each other. She urged the technical officials to apply what they have learnt in their courses to promote and develop wheelchair basketball when they return to their respective states. There is visibly a huge potential in India and only if we work as a team shall we be able to have a world class India wheelchair basketball team.

Ms. Singha recognised sports as a catalyst for change where one can witness the transformation that takes place individually and a positive shift in societal perception. She emphasized on the need to have more champions who talk of sports and gaps that athletes with disabilities face. Capacity building of the same champions is also crucial. One organization cannot be present in all the states but the teams representing their states can be the champions who lead the movement, the awareness on developing wheelchair basketball. With this comprehensive effort in all states, India would be able to witness the growth of wheelchair basketball as one.

Dr. Sachdeva was delighted to witness the massive amount of talent and passion possessed by the participants. He highlighted the gap in understanding of the needs of athletes with and without disabilities. This was why he felt the need to mentor the education of relevance Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences first to the athletes and Coaches.When one views sports especially wheelchair basketball, it must always be looked at as a competitive sport not an empathic/sympathetic sport. He shared that injury healing is a small fraction of Sports Medicine. Majority of it is on performance enhancement, healing with the right technique of training clubbed with balanced nutrition. He urged IWBF to create a special refresher attachment for training of wheelchair basketball athletes. He also urged IWBF to create opportunities for the technical and scientific staff from India to go and learn the ways from the nations which are already very advanced in Wheelchair basketball. He pledged his support in developing a strong Sports Medicine Core Unit for Wheelchair Basketball in India.

Adding to above, Mr. Chaudhary shared that scientific sports is not merely about rehabilitation but it is also about optimum performance. Sports health looks at three areas i.e., genetics, coaching and nutrition. Nutrition has been, the most neglected area. One must understand what nutritional needs mean. For Wheelchair basketball players,, there is a need to have nutrition plan with respect to classification of players . Mr Chaudhary mentioned that their team began their work with athletes with disability when they became involved with the athletes from Pune – analyzing their performance, tracking their diet pattern, etc. It was evident that one cannot leave nutrition out as it plays a critical role in high output i.e., performance.

Mr. Ananda Jothi added that there must be sports specific short term courses in the educational institutions to bring awareness among the public. Scientific sports team support on and off the court. The injury aspect of high impact sport cannot be ignored and must be taken care of with the support of adaptive sports specialists.

Mr. Norbert shared that the rules of running basketball and wheelchair basketball are the same. Referees, Coaches, Classifiers and athletes must know the rules of wheelchair basketball. The biggest

mistake one can make is to assume that all the four roles work separately. They co-exist and function with each other which is all the more reason why they must work together in promoting and developing the sport.

Mr. Allouche was very pleased to be in the country again and meet with the potential classifiers and hoped that they would go on to spread the word on wheelchair basketball in their respective states and contribute in developing wheelchair basketball in India.

Mr. Hammerton reiterated the need of adding the component of sport in the education framework with scientific sports. While elite level of education is good but education among youth with disabilities is very important. One of the biggest problem in disability sport is that often sports is introduced late in the lives of athletes with disabilities. To tackle this problem, one needs to introduce disability sports in existing special schools while creating awareness in inclusive schools. It is the duty of the coaches to concentrate their efforts on developing WCBB in nascent stages of the lives of athletes with disabilities. For the issue of doping, one must recognize the fine line between rightful medication and misuse. WCBB is an expensive sport to play because of the cost of sports wheelchairs, let alone the cost of customized sports wheelchairs. Finding a local alternative is important.

Ms. Maureen took the floor and emphasized that IWBF is committed to clean sports. WCBB must be developed at the top and bottom to build champions and to make sure that the sport isn’t introduced late in the lives of athletes with disabilities. WCBB is a revolutionary game. Being in wheelchairs isn’t a disadvantage when people watch the game because all they see is massive ability. WCBB allows to put different extent of physical disability together on court. All athletes must be individually prepared and committed to make sure that the sport grows.

Dr. Sachdeva added that the community must have a player-first approach.

Mr. Chaudhary shared that they are planning to develop a scientific sport team at national level which will be trickle down to state levels to educate all involved in the sport i.e., athletes and technical officials.

Ms. Madhavi urged the participants to put sincere efforts in promoting WCBB in India with scientific sports and technical education in mind and find more organizations to support the cause like IWBF, ICRC, Cognizant, private organisations and the government.

When the floor was opened for questions, Mr. Varun Ahlawat (Coach) asked if the athletes without disabilities could play wheelchair basketball too. Ms. Maureen responded that as an international competing sport, it doesn’t allow for athletes without disabilities to participate as they take away the spots for 4.5 classification since athletes without disabilities cannot be classified. But WCBB is an inclusive sport and informal participation is always encouraged.

Conclusion:

Ms. Maureen summarized the discussion stating that India has a long way to go. Considering that Under 23 Men Championship in 2017 and another international WCBB event in 2018 is taking place soon, India might be ready to compete on an international level. She advised WBFI that it would be smart of the WCBB Indian community to take support of other people of different sectors who complement the growth while identifying the needs and gaps and simultaneously addressing it. Passion and love for WCBB is always important for its growth. She thanked the panel members and the audience and wished WCBB team the best for its future endeavors.

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First ever International Exhibition match between India and Thailand

WBFI is a registered society based in Chennai with an intent to promote the sport of Wheelchair Basketball (WCB) in India. Affiliated to International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), WBFI’s vision is to enable extensive participation and following for wheelchair basketball as a means to empower persons with disabilities (PWDs) and also to change the societal perception of PwDs. WBFI actively advocates and supports players’ grassroots organization and coordinates with the government and other stakeholders with the aim of developing a string contingent of wheelchair basketball players across States. In less than 2 years, WBFI has been able to develop nine State level teams including two all-women teams.

Wheelchair Basketball playersSports has always acted as a catalyst for change – a two pronged approach where an athlete with disability taps into his/her residual capacity motivating them to be an active member of society and simultaneously when athlete actively participates in society, the society’s perception of disability changes focussing more on “abilities” as opposed to “disability”.

WBFI organised the biggest, first-of-its-kind National Technical Camp at KVBR Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana State, India from 22-26 June 2016 in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) and Cognizant. On the technical side, WBFI partnered with two global disability sports organizations – the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and the International Paralympic Committee’s AGITOS Foundation. Through the support of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and Eklavyas, the awareness of the technical camp was spread among the Indian basketball society and consequently, a good response for coaches and referees courses was received. Commendable support was extended by Mr G Nagasumanth, Secunderabad, Telangana and Dr Harish S Krishna, Principal, Sri Anjaneya College of Para Medical Sciences, Malabar Medical College, Calicut, Kerala in identifying participants for classification course.

The camp brought four international experts from across the world to Hyderabad to train our wheelchair basketball players. Furthermore, the experts also trained the technical pool of coaches, referees and classifiers to help WBFI in creating a sustainable eco system for the sport and ensure continuous development of the sport.
This is the first of programme of its kind offered by the IWBF through their “Introduction to Wheelchair Basketball for Developing NOWBS” Project. We feel proud to inform you that India is the first country to have been selected by IWBF for implementing this project.

Mr B Venkatesham, IAS, Secretary to Government of Telangana Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture Department graced the Inauguration function as Chief Guest, Mr A Dinkar Babu, IAS, VC & MD, Sports Authority of Telangana State, Ms Maureen Orchard (Canada), Secretary General, IWBF, Mr Norbert Kucera (Germany), Chairman, Technical Commission, IWBF, Mr Toufic Allouche
(Lebanon), Classification Officer, IWBF Asia

Oceania Zone (IWBF Classification Instructor), Mr Maurice Hammerton (UK), Development Officer, IWBF, Europe and Ms Angel Singha from ICRC as Guests of Honour for the Opening Ceremony.

After the inauguration function, we organized a panel discussion on ‘Roadmap on how to promote

Wheelchair Basketball sport discipline in a professional and scientific manner in India’, which was moderated by Ms Maureen Orchard, Secretary General, IWBF. Minutes of this discussion is attached to this report.

The technical camp was split into four courses namely, Classifiers, Coaches, Referees and Athletes which took place

over the five days. The Officiating Module was led by Mr Norbert Kucera (Germany), Chairman of Technical Commission, IWBF. There were 16 participants from nine states/UT of India in this course. The Classification Module was led Mr Toufic Allouche (Lebanon), Classification Officer for IWBF Asia Oceania Zone (IWBF Classification Instructor). Total of 27 participants from 13 states participated in this course. The Coaching and Player Instruction Module was led by Mr Maurice Hammerton, Development Officer for IWBF Europe. There were 19 participants from 9 states of India and 1 participant from Malaysia in the coaches course. A total of 53 male athletes (20 athletes under 22 and 33 athletes above 22 years age) and 13 female athletes from 14 states participated in the module. As a whole participants for all the 4 courses represented 20 states/UTs of India.

Accommodation for the participants was arranged at National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME). It was situated very near to the stadium. Participants enjoyed their stay in this beautiful place. Our partner Cognizant extended excellent volunteering support for our event. They were supported by volunteers from Standard Chartered Bank, Synchrony Financial, students from Rosy Buds High School in Kavadiguda and some other enthusiastic volunteers. Ms Sri Padmini Chennapragada who is doing her doctorate in Adaptive Sports in USA extended very good support for this event. Max Cure hospitals provided medical support for this event. Motivation India deputed their technical expert for maintaining the wheelchairs during this event.
The technical camp culminated with the first ever International Exhibition match between India and Thailand teams. Though India lost to Thailand 28-84, it was an excellent platform for Indian athletes to gauge their performance as per international standards and train accordingly. We are very much thankful to Association for Wheelchair Basketball of Thailand for accepting our invitation.
Mr B Venkatesham, IAS, Secretary to Government of Telangana Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture Department graced the closing function as Chief Guest, Mr A Dinkar Babu, IAS, VC & MD, Sports Authority of Telangana State, Mr Norbert Kucera (Germany), Chairman, Technical Commission, IWBF, Mr

Toufic Allouche (Lebanon), Classification Officer, IWBF Asia Oceania Zone (IWBF Classification Instructor), Mr Maurice Hammerton (UK), Development Officer, IWBF, Europe, Mr Adebayo Olowo-Ake from ICRC, and Mr Sashi and Mr Manohar from Cognizant as Guests of

Honour. Mr B Venkatesham promised to extend all possible support for the development of WCBB sport in Telangana State and also to make Hyderabad the hub for parasports.

Download : Report (128KB, PDF)
The local and national media covered this event extensively. Event related articles and stories on media:

1. Article by Mr Steve Goldberg on FIBA Website on the developments of Wheelchair Basketball in India: http://www.fiba.com/news/before-the-best-of-the-world-the-rest-of-the-world

2. Link for article in The Hindu: http://m.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/national-wheelchair-basketball-camp-in-city/article8703201.ece

3. Link for story on News18- CNNIBN: http://www.news18.com/videos/sports/five-day-wheelchair-basketball-technical-camp-in-hyderabad-1260702.html

4. Link for article in News 18: http://www.news18.com/news/sports/wheelchair-basketball-in-india-gets-much-needed-boost-1260684.html

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WBFI Announcement

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL FEDERATION OF INDIA:

Glad to see the overwhelming response for our notification  calling for applications for the courses for classifiers/coaches/referees/players on wheelchair basketball to be held in Hyderabad from 22nd to 26th Jun.’16.

However as we are looking for some more applications for referee and Coaches courses from across India, we decided to extend the last date for registering for Coaches and Referees courses ALONE upto 10th May,’16.

Register Now ( Only Coaches and Referees Courses )

 

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Report on 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship 2015

The 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship was organized by the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) in partnership with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Government of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 2nd December to 6th December 2015 at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, ITO, New Delhi. As we are striving to promote this sport for the benefit of people with disabilities, we feel happy for planning this on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd Dec.)

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The 1st National Championship that was held in Chennai last year and was won by the Maharashtra team. This year, 9 State Teams competed for the trophy in this Championship. They are: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh. A special Women’s Championship (3 on 3 matches) was also held during this period and 4 women teams (mixed teams from various states – Sky Birds, Wood Peckers, Golden Bees and Dragon Warriors) competed for the Women’s Championship. Sky Birds team won the Women’s Championship.

A high powered delegation from the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) led by its President, Mr. Ulf Mehrens (Germany) and which includes the IWBF Secretary General Ms. Maureen Orchard (Canada), IWBF Asia Oceania Zone (AOZ), President Mr. Saad Alazmaa (Kuwait) and IWBF AOZ – Vice President for West Asia Region Ms Anisa Ibrahim Abbas Al Hooti attended this Championship and also offered technical support.

 

wbfi_player6Our 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship was inaugurated by Mr Injeti Srinivas, IAS, Director General, Sports Authority of India on 2nd Dec.’15 at 11AM in the presence of H.E. Mr Bharat Joshi, British Dy High Commissioner, Ms Maureen, Secretary General, IWBF, Mr Sàad Alazmaa, president, IWBF AOZ, Mr Toufic Allouche, IWBF Classification Instructor, Mr Rene Boeckli, Head of Regional Delegation, ICRC and Mr Roberto Ciccone, Physical Rehabilitation Manager, ICRC, Mr Richard Frost, CEO, Motivation UK. Mr Injeti Srinivas released the Souvenir on this event. An Exhibition match was organised by us with the Children from Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, New Delhi.

We organised an introductory course on Wheelchair Basketball classification by Mr Toufic Allouche, IWBF Classification Instructor from 2nd to 4th Dec.’15. 16 candidates with the academic background in physiotherapy and physical education participated in this course. Closing ceremony for this course (4th Dec.’15 at 4pm) was graced by Ms Stuti Cacker, IAS, Chair Person for National Commission for the protection of Child Rights and Mr C K Khetan IAS, CEO, National Trust. Both the officials presented the certificates to the participants of this course.

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Closing ceremony of our 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship (6th Dec.’15 at 4pm) was graced by Honourable Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India, Ms Indira Murthy IAS, Joint Secy, MOSJ, IWBF President Mr Ulf Mehrens, Secretary General Ms Maureen Orchard, IWBF AOZ President Mr Saad Alazmaa, IWBF AOZ Classification Officer Mr Toufic Allouche, IWBF AOZ West Asia Region Vice President Ms Anisa Alhooti, Ms Mary Werntz, Head of Regional Delegation, ICRC, Mr Roberto Ciccone, Physical Rehabilitation Manager, ICRC, Mr Javed Abidi, Global Chair, Disabled People’s International, Ms Sminu Jindal, MD, Jindal Saw Pvt Ltd and officials from Amarjyoti and ISIC. Maharashtra team won the Championship. Punjab and Tamilnadu teams stood in second and third positions respectively. We congratulate all the participants for their enthusiastic participation in this Championship.

This year’s championship was supported by Murugappa Group, Delhi Metro Rail Corpn., L&T Construction, Cognizant , YWTC Charitable Trust, The Leprosy Mission Trust India, Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust and Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Greatergoo

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Report on Coach, Referee, Classification course

Report on coach, referee, classification course and wheelchair basketball players held in september 2015, Chennai.

Eighteen classifiers, Sixteen coaches and Eighteen referees from across India and Nepal were trained in level 1 certification course on Wheelchair Basketball. Fifty five players from across India were benefited from this 10 days workshop. All the participants picked up very fast under the able guidance of Instructor Mr. Jess Markt from USA.
Mr. Injeti Srinivasan, IAS, Director General, Sports Authority of India, SAI, New Delhi was a special guest who came to the clinic, interacted with all participants and promised to support WBFI in our future events.
Mr. Nasimuddin, IAS, Secretary, Persons with Disability, Mr. Roberto, ICRC, Mr. Bharath Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner and Dr. Isari Ganesan, Chancellore, VELS University were the dignitaries who graced the occasion and wished all participants good luck.

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Report on First Indian Wheelchair Basketball Championship

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI

Report on First Indian Wheelchair Basketball Championship

December 5 to 23, 2014

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India:
WBFI’s main objective is to promote wheelchair basketball sport for persons with physical challenges. We believe that access to sports plays a vital role in enhancing opportunities for differently-abled people; leading to improved self-confidence, motivation, and social awareness. Sports can be used as a tool to empower differently-abled people within their communities and in society at large.
We strongly believe that disability sports can play a major role in promoting social inclusion and improving the quality of life of differently-abled people. We also believe that disability sports can become a gateway to employment, leadership development and for promoting accessibility.

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Invitation : Inauguration of the Courses on Wheelchair Basketball

You are CORDIALLY invited to the inauguration of the Classification, Coach and Referee courses on

Wheelchair Basketball and Workshop for Wheelchair Basketball Players

INVITATION Wheelchair Basketball

 

Date: 4th Sep 2015
Time: 10.15am to 10.45am
Venue: J N Indoor Stadium, Chennai ( Find a Location in Google Map  )

Our honourable Chief Guest:

Mr Md Nasimuddin IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt. of TN, Welfare of Differently Abled Persons

Will inaugurate the event in the presence of our Guests of Honour:

Mr Bharat Joshi, British Dy High Commissioner, Chennai
Mr Robertangelo Ciccone, Physical Rehabilitation Manager, the Int’l Committee of the Red Cross.
Dr Ishari K. Ganesh, Chancellor, Vels University
Mr Jess Markt, instructor
Ms Deepa Mala, Head, Development Initiatives, CII
Mr Ganesh, Partner, Sri Ram Ganesh & Co, Chartered Accountants

Agenda:

10.15am – 10.17am – Tamil Thai
10.17am – 10.20am – Welcome Speech by Ms P Madhavi Latha, President,

WBFI Speeches by our honorable Guests:

10.20am – 10.23am – Mr Ganesh
10.23am – 10.26am – Ms Deepa Mala
10.26am – 10.29am – Dr Ishari K. Ganesh
10.29am – 10.32am – Mr Robertangelo Ciccone
10.32am – 10.35am – Mr Jess Markt
10.35am – 10.38am – Mr Bharat Joshi
10.38am – 10.42am – Mr Md Nasimuddin
10.42am – 10.45am – Vote of thanks by Mr Ananda Jothi,Technical Director, WBFI
10.45am – National Anthem

Organised by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India:
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In Partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross:
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Co-Partners:
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Internation Wheelchair Basketball Fedration

Great Recognition for WBFI !

We are extremely happy to announce that our WBFI has been accepted as a member of International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and has been placed in IWBF Asia Oceania Zone. This will give the opportunity for our players to compete in the official tournaments of the Zone in which we are placed (IWBF Asia Oceania), this includes club tournament, qualification tournaments for world championships along with many other opportunities.

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First Indian Wheelchair Basketball Women Championship Match

WBFI’s main objective is to encourage more number of women with physical impairments to join wheelchair basketball sport. It has been noted that sport provides a double benefit to women with disabilities by providing affirmations of self-empowerment at both personal and collective levels.

In all the cities participation of women players were significant with Kerala having the maximum of 72% of women participants. The overall percentage of women participation in Chennai workshop was 24%. Two women teams – Super Shark and Dragon Warriors played a ferocious match. Dragon Warriors

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