“There is no mammoth disability in the society than the incapability to see an individual as more.” Sports for disables
Sport. Something which we feel only all fit and strength nous people can perform. Right? Wrong. What we don’t realize is that in this world of enormous population there are some who aren’t as gifted as others. Yes, they are people with disabilities & yes there is sports for disables too. There is myth of considering them as inferior in comparison to the rest. Well, that’s not true. These poor souls also deserve to play, to showcase their talent, their zeal of being able to represent their nation on an international sporting platform, their enthusiasm of being able to make their country proud of what they are. On one hand we have people with strong voices of that of activists and disability committee but on the other we have the well meaning but naïve abled body population who see disability as something pitiable. Often at times it seems that everyone is speaking so loudly that the segment doesn’t even listen.
Keeping in the mind the above said things, the world came up with a concept of Paralympics. It is a major international multi-sport event conducted simultaneously with Olympics. It a great news of pride and honor that our country has also showcased the best talents and have made us very proud by bagging positions in the events. These young minds have made us believe that just by non-functional arm or leg does not make them any less, rather they have the strength and zeal to accomplish their desired goal in utmost same comparison of that of any other individual.
We have seen the media going all “gaga” over Abhinav Bindra securing a gold or Sushil Kumar being tested for dope. We do not take into account these individuals who have put in the same amount of effort (or maybe more) to reach to a level where they believe people will recognise them as well. These minds cross the cultural and stigmatic barriers in order to triumph in their path of life. They just really want equality and live a fully fulfilled life. Like all humans do.
It is a matter of great pride for all of us to see the dazzling performance of our country’s athletes at the Paralympics 2016. Indians capped off a successful campaign by procuring their best ever haul. Yes, we have these young talents who have not been taken aback by the voices of social evils. Rather they have worked hard to make their country proud, they have worked to get the name of those little villages known on the world map. Devender Jhajaria, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik have proved that a minor difficulty on their way cannot stop them from making their dreams come true. These young citizens have made all the sports possible today, be it shooting, long jump, javelin throw etc. These individuals are not only a huge matter of pride for all of us but also they have catered to instil motivation and a sense of belief amongst all of us.
What I wish people would accept that nobody’s story should depend on the disability to make people read it. However, for some reason we want to read about the people who are inspiring us.
To bid the end to this blog I’d just say-
“How a society treats its disabled is the true measure of civilization.”
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