Gangtok, 18 February (IPR): The 2nd State Level Special Olympics for Children with special needs under inclusive education was held today at West Point Senior Secondary School. The event was organised by Samagra Shiksha, Human Resources Development Department and the main objective of the program was to provide a platform and opportunity to the special children to enhance their talents as well as mainstreaming them and bringing awareness on the need to organise such events amongst the public.The theme of the Special Olympics was, “My disability has opened my eyes to see my abilities.”
The program was graced by Hon’ble Minister Sports & Youth Affairs Shri R.B Subba, Deputy Mayor Mrs. Lashey Doma accompanied by State Project Director,HRDD Shri Bhim Thatal,Joint Commissioner, Person with
Disability Social Welfare Department, Dr M.B Chettri,Vice President of Indian Cricket Association for Blind, Shri Vivek Kumar Singh,Coach from Jharkhand, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, officials,teachers along with children with special needs from various districts.
Speaking on the event, the Chief Guest Shri R.B Subba highlighted the importance and benefits of hosting the special Olympics for Children with special needs and further expressed his gratitude to Samagra
Shiksha team for coming out with such a beneficial programme. He mentioned that the state government is always ready to help in every possible manner and stated that he was highly inspired to see children doing such great work despite their challenges. The Minister further
thanked the parents and teachers for giving special care, attention and support to students so that they nurture their dreams and create a niche for themselves in the society despite challenges and hardships. He wished the best in future towards each and every individual and
said that, “The talent of children with special needs are equivalent to other children. Everyone of you present here have the spirit to excel, therefore you must keep your spirit alive throughout your life.”
Shri.GP Upadhyaya , Additional Chief Secretary HRDD gave his best wishes to the children and thanked the Samagra Shiksha for organising such an event for the Children with special needs. He hoped that such
events would help the children in their overall development and would further encourage them to give their best for their coming future.
Vice President of Indian Cricket Association for Blind, Shri Vivek Kumar Singh also thanked the state government for giving such an immense platform to the Children with special needs. He also mentioned that if the state government allows then the Association would like to
further establish a Centre in the state and nurture the cricket talents of these special children.
He also stated that he was very happy to see such talented students supported by such devoted volunteers,teachers and officials.
Various sporting events like Bouncy, football, race, cricket for blind students etc were held during the day and it is to be mentioned here that this is the first time in the state that cricket for blind students was organised.
The event concluded with distribution of certificates and trophies to the winners and participants as well as mementos to the guests.