Seven Blind athletes won laurels at the 17th National Sports Meet for the Blind

So often we see images of athletes displaying supreme skill as they scale boundaries of fitness, precision, concentration and speed. So often, we all forget to wonder how surreal and challenging this would be if the athletes themselves could not see – see the spectators, the markers, the equipment or each other. At Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, we believe that the visually impaired too need to be afforded an opportunity to be part of sporting glory. Since 1997, Samarthanam has been working to empower the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people in India. Samarthanam works towards creating an inclusive society which—without any discrimination— provides equal opportunities for people with disabilities to play a part in mainstream social and economic progress. Our organization has actively promoted sports for the visually impaired over the last decade, both as a rightful pursuit of the disadvantaged and as a platform for their physical and social development. Sportspersons from Samarthanam have regularly participated in National and International events including three cricket world cup tournaments (1998, 2002 and 2006) and tours to Pakistan and England in 2005 and 2007. Recently, seven of our athletes won laurels at the 17th National Sports Meet for the Blind, held at Chandigarh between 26th and 29th Dec 2010. This was a huge event in which 62 organizations from across the country took part. Samarthanam’s athletes bagged the following awards: Boys Category: Subramani - Gold medals in Shotput and Discus (setting a national record in Shotput) Prem Kumar -Silver in Long Jump Mens Category: Sandeep - Gold in Javelin and Bronze in Discus Madhu – Silver medal in Discus Prasad – Bronze in Javelin These events serve as a great opportunity for these athletes to compete and become a part of high level sports action. Samarthanam hopes that its efforts in identifying talent, promoting and training athletes will give them opportunities to excel, open up new livelihood avenues and help them live a life of dignity and pride, that they deserve.

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