Khelo India for disabled sportspersons to be held in Nagaland
Special Olympics Nagaland (SON) is organizing Khelo India for people with disabilities in five categories.
These are Athletics, Football, Bocce, Badminton, and Unified Sports. This event will be held in various districts of Nagaland from 13 March.
This is the schedule according to a press release from SON:
- 13 & 14 March - Mokokchung
- 13 & 14 March - Mon
- 13 & 14 March - Wokha
- 15 & 16 March - Peren
- 19 & 20 March - Dimapur
People with disabilities travelling from villages to take part will have to show original bus or taxi tickets for the journey both ways to be reimbursed.
This District Games will be followed by State Games in Dimapur in the third week of March. The selected para athletes will then represent Nagaland at the National Games in Gujarat in May 2018.
Khelo India is one of the most cherished projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The aim is to identify young sports talents. It also aims to promote sports at the grassroots level.
Khelo India is held under the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Its aim is to revive the sports culture in India.
Disabled sportspersons from Nagaland have won 126 medals at international and national competitions. But there are not enough NGOs to support them.