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SOB, Assam kicks off coaches’ training

The Special Olympics Bharat, Assam Chapter Sunday kicked off its Community Coaches' Training Program at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai, Guwahati in a bit to implement the New Scheme.

The New Scheme for the promotion of sports for Persons with Disabilities is a unique step taken by the Government not just for the growth and development of sports for the specially challenged, but because the initiative represents a major step against discrimination and reaffirms the strong policy of the Government in supporting the cause of inclusive sports. Special Olympics Bharat has been recognized as the nodal agency for the implementation of the New Scheme since the year 2010.

The Community Coaches' Training Program for district Kamrup comes under the Scheme of Sports and Games for the Disabled introduced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India in 2009-2010 during the XI Plan Period. The objective of the Scheme is broad-basing participative sports among the specially abled.

Handing out the 6th Edition of the Master Trainer Handbook (MNL: NSM: 02 Rev 04) on the ocassion, Assam Athletics Association’s Chief Coach, Nipon Das said that the handbook will provide a firsthand description of the disability types and an insight into the conduct guidelines of special games taking into immediate consideration the forthcoming District Games in the city

Some 50 selected community coaches attended the orientation program which included special educators, volunteers and parents representing district Kamrup. Present among them all were National Special Games 2016 Shot Put Silver Medalist Abhishek Gogoi, independent Games Consultants, Aniruddha Boro, Siba Prasad Baruah, Syed Miraz Ahmed, Sadananda Sonowal, Midul Baruah and Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Supervisor, Arup Gayan.

Talking to Assam Times on the sidelines of the event Program Manager, Special Olympics Bharat Assam Chapter, Shyamnata Kumar Majumder informed that with a week's time in between the chapter is eagerly looking forward to the successful conduct of the District Games beginning November 16 of the current year. Some 250 special sportspersons are expected to participate in the  football spectacle to be held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai between November 16 and 19, he confirmed.

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Writes, edits and researches. In 2013 he was conferred the Rotary International District 3240 Young Achiever Award for his work in the area of environment and digital journalism. In 2006 he was awarded first in the category of Wildlife Photography by the Department of Environment & Forests and Tourism, Government of Assam.

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