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.)
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.
Our 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.
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