Seeking to encourage differently-abled children, the Indian Air Force is organising a Paralympics event for 60 such kids in Delhi belonging to air warriors posted at different places.
The events will be held at the Western Air Command in Delhi where they would be participating in events such as track and field, bocce, table tennis, wheelchair race, shot put, relay race, badminton, roller skates, archery and football.
The event is organised to inculcate a sense of social being among kids, grooming them to take care of their daily requirements, developing their motor skills, and above all, training them to participate in national and international-level Paralympic Games, said Devika Harikumar, president of the WAC Air Force Wives Welfare Association.
She said there is a huge difference in the way differently-abled children are treated in India and abroad.
We still lack in providing the opportunities and infrastructure for the development of these special children.
Organising Paralympics is our effort to make our children happy and convey to them that we care and are standing behind them at every step that they take on their own, Harikumar said.
IAF officers said once the event is organised at the command level, it would then be held at the national level so that differently abled children from all across the service can come and participate.
Harikumar said she would work to ensure that the event becomes a regular feature. I also hope that children get motivated and pick up sports which will help them earn name and fame in the national and international arena, she said.