Srinagar: Seven Members of Wheelchair Basketball Team of Voluntary Medicare Society Bemina Srinagar has left for Chennai to participate in seven days advanced Coaching Programme organised by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India in partnership with International Committee of Red Cross,YWTC Charitable Trust and Vels University. This is for the first time that any wheelchair basket ball team consisting of wheel chair bound physically challenged players from Jammu and Kashmir State are participating in international training course which will start from Tomorrow at JN Indoor Stadium Chennai and conducted by Mr. Jess Markt from USA. He has conducted training camps and helped organize sustainable wheelchair basketball programmes in different countries.
The team was flagged off by President of VMS Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool and Secretary Morifat Qadri. On this occasion Dr Maqbool while congratulating team member for being selected for international Coaching course said that sports has the ability to remove the distinction of disability. It can go a long way in ensuring social inclusion for persons with disabilities, bringing them back the mainstream. More importantly, sports can boost their confidence and light up their lives.
The seven members of the VMS Team were physically rehabilitated by Shafaqat Rehabilitaion Centre and after observing their sports ability, they were selected for the team and a separate basketball coach trained them basics of the game. This has enabled them to overcome their impairment to a large degree by improving their health and confidence
Another member of team Farooq Ahmad , a former Police Constable, said the game has restored his confidence and given him a sense of purpose. He was also fond of Cricket and Football but he met with an accident and was confined to wheelchair. After completing treatment from VMS, he showed his interest in wheelchair basketball. Now after getting selected for advanced coaching, he attributed his performance to VMS. “The VMS has always helped us to overcome the physical decencies resulted due to accident. “I could never have done so well and left hope of living a respectable life, if VMS could have not come to my rescue,” said Farooq.
Secretary Morifat Qadri, who is also looking after the activities of VMS sports club, thanked International Committee of Red cross for sponsoring air travel and other expenses of the team. He said that due to help from ICRC, VMS has succeeded in establishing a Sports Club for Physically Challenged persons and Special Children. “This platform is available for all physically challenged persons who want to show their talent in sports activities. After completion of the Coaching session, a mega sports event will be organised to provided opportunities to all the physically challenged to participate in different games”. He said.