New Delhi, 22ndFebruary, 2016 :Giving a positive boost to the presently paralyzed para movement in India, a group of all the stakeholders of para fraternity including Para federations, Paraorganisations and the civil societies cametogether to form a structured umbrella–Indian Association of Para Sport Organisations (IAPSO),emphasizing on accessibility, autonomy, doping, classification and transparency. This new parabody, formed here today, will soon submit it’s report and to the Government of India as well as International Bodies.
“A joint forum of the stake holders of para sports had a two days exhaustivebrain storming session towards Para Sport for development towards 2020 & beyond. Our key focus wasto design a strategy for transforming para sports from disability sports into a sports organization which will empower the para athletes not only in the fieldof sports but also in education, health, training and employment,” said Rajesh Tomar, the newly elected Chairman of IAPSO.
Apart from 18federations previously affiliated with the suspended Paralympic Committee of India, NGO’s like Samarthanam Trust For the Disabled, Shree Pragna ChakshuGurukul, Viklang Vishwas Foundation, Samarthanam Educational & Charitable Trust, Real Human, Disabled Youth Foundation, Shree Unikue Viklang Charitable Trust and Cerebral PalsySportsAssociation of India will also be a part of this new body. “It’s a privilege and pride for all para sport federations and organisations of India who have taken unique initiative as a challenge to raise the platform of para sport in India to enhance the potentiality and capabilities of para athletes in India. We will give full support to IAPSO and join hand to hand for all round development of Para athletes in India,” said Mr. Mahantesh G.K., the Managing Trustee of Samarthanam Trust and Chief Convenor of IAPSO
Along with Veteran Para athlete Mr. Shankar Iyer, Dr. Rajesh Lamechwal, Arjun Awardee Mr. Ramesh Tika Ram, emphasizing the need for collective responsibility and leadership, Mr. Tomar said that para sport is not the sole property of any one organization and now the time has come to involve all the stakeholders, including Government, and design the programmes for all round development of para sport persons specially women and children. “Sport should not be treated in isolation.Allthe effortsshould be made for human development of the specially abled persons(Divyang)and this can be done through professional approach and clear vision. there is a need to establish a larger pool of technical officials, classifiers, anti-doping, sports event organisers and media,”said Mr. Tomar who is also the Vice President of Asian Paralympic Committee
..Newly convener of IAPSO would be : Mr. Ravi Kondiah, Mr. Bharat Thakkar, Mr. S. Sridhar, Mr. Prasanta Karmakar, Mr. Suriender Pahil, Mr. Pradeep Raj, Neeraj Pandita andMr. R. K. Sharma.