Paralympic Day in Lebanon: “People with special abilities”
01 Jul. 2015 – The most inspiring stories usually come from disable athletes, or people with special needs, who are able to turn their disability into a great potential and a source of inspiration to others. In Lebanon, and for the first time, the Lebanese Paralympic Committee organized the first National Paralympic Day on June 11.
The National Paralympic Committee offered try-outs of wheelchair basketball, table-tennis and football-5-a-side. An event that took place on the track of the Lebanese University in Hadath. Supporters came to watch a variety of para-sports, something that should be seen more often. It would be great to mix for example athletics for able and disable athletes competiting at the same time in the same venue but in different categories!
Sports can help fight the disability and make something great out of it.
Randa Berri, President of the National Paralympic Committee, was unable to attend but Fadi Hanna, the Secretary General, spoke on Berri’s behalf.
Speaking at the event Hanna said: “It is a moral, patriotic, humanitarian and social obligation to call the disabled “people with special needs,” but in fact they are people with special abilities.
“That is why we have pledged to support their cause and rights, starting with living in dignity, their right to work and receive hospitalisation and care.
“This support does not only include sports related activities, through which people with special needs managed to turn their disabilities into potential.
“But because they succeeded in local, regional and international sports and Paralympic competitions, the Lebanese Association for Disabled Sports and the Lebanese Paralympic Committee were the official frame through which we tried to deliver the ambitions of disabled athletes.”
Hanna also thanked touch, the Lebanese University and all competing teams.
This was quoted by the International Paralympic Committee, we should be proud of that and work, with the help of the IPC to improve the para-sports in Lebanon and be able to produce paralympians like Edward MAALOUF who won two medals for Lebanon at these games.