Special Olympics Fiji: Supporting an inclusive society

Maca Masi (left) from Ra competes with other athletes in the 100m event during the Special Olympics at Natabua High School grounds in Lautoka. Picture BALJEET SINGH

Punjas and Sons Pte Ltd joined forces with the Special Olympics Fiji to host a successful National Talent Identification Games in Lautoka last Saturday.

Founder director of Punja and Sons Pte Ltd Kanti Punja said the company strongly believed in supporting an inclusive society and such sporting activities organised for children living with special needs are a great morale booster for the children and their families.

“We would like to extend our special thanks to the hard-working staff and administrators behind such events.

“The committee did a remarkable job in the past where their students attended two World Games in Los Angeles in 2015 and in Abu Dhabi, Dubai in 2019.”

Permanent secretary for youth and sports Rovereto Nayacalevu who was the chief guest for the event said while there had been positive and progressive change around the world with the quality of life for people with disabilities, often this progress was not reflected in the developing countries.

“People with disabilities in developing countries face major barriers which limit their independence as well as access to participation in sport and physical activity,” he said.

“Special Olympics Fiji director Robin Dayal said they try to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

“The Special Olympics has many programs which can benefit teachers, parents and students with special needs,” Dayal said.

“They include a young athletes’ program between the ages of two to seven years.

“Athlete leadership, family support network, healthy athletes, family health forum, youth activation and unified sports in 28 Olympic type sports.

“Through sports we try to change the lives of this neglected group.

“Our national talent identification games aims to bring out the sporting talents and develop lifelong skills of our athletes around Fiji.”

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