Wheelchair kabaddi set to make its presence felt in India
Wheelchair sports enthusiasts in Bengaluru are familiar with Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy (DMSA), the organization that is into promoting wheelchair sports in a big way. Though the academy focuses primarily on wheelchair cricket, they welcome all kinds of sports with open arms. DMSA also boasts of some of the best national wheelchair cricketers from India.
Now they are gearing up to enter uncharted waters. Recently, a group of para sportsmen from DMSA tried out wheelchair Kabaddi, for the first time ever.
So the idea of wheelchair Kabaddi came into the minds of the players when they were practicing wheelchair cricket on a weekend. Since most of them are ardent Kabaddi fans and does not miss any games on television, they though why not try it out.
We know that there is nothing that a wheelchair user cannot do. Wheelchair Kabaddi was done on a trial and error basis. But all of us enjoyed playing the game. Now, we are working on different dimensions to improve it. We are also proud that we are going to be the first NGO to introduce wheelchair Kabaddi in India. We have a lot of supportive from people around us. So things are only going to get better- Shivaprasad, Co-founder, Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy
Post its trial, Divyaang Myithri is all set to introduce this to their academy very soon. They are in the lookout for trained Kabaddi professionals who can reach out to them to take the game to the next level.
Most of the rules and regulations for wheelchair Kabaddi are going to be same as the Kabaddi played by people without disabilities. But instead of blocking people, this one is going to be all about blocking wheelchairs. Divyaang Myithri hopes that they can soon hold a wheelchair Kabaddi event in Bengaluru towards the beginning of 2019.
“We have a great experience and fun time playing wheelchair Kabaddi. Members at Divyaang Myithri are looking forward to more such games. We are definitely going to play this every weekend. Unlike Kabaddi, we need bigger space to play wheelchair Kabaddi”, says Manjunath L, member of Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy.