A petanque competition for disabled students will take place on Thursday at the Sonari Children’s Park.
Posted on 07.21.21, 20:32
The recently formed Jharkhand Para Sports Association (JPSA) steering committee chose Jamshedpur as the venue for its first event on Thursday.
The pétanque competition for students from Steel City special schools will take place at Sonari Children’s Park from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event is jointly organized by Jamshedpur Para Sports Association (an affiliated unit of JPSA) and Jeevika, an NGO working for the promotion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Pétanque is played with eight large boules and a smaller target or object ball called a pallina. For single player teams, each player throws four balls. When there are multiple players on a team, a game rotation is determined at the start of a match and is maintained throughout the match.
“We have invited all special schools operating in Jamshedpur. Students with intellectual, orthopedic and visual impairments will be part of the bocce competition,” said JPSA secretary Avtar Singh.
According to him, the event will arouse the interest of protesters. “We have started to organize an event with Jamshedpur as the venue. We will subsequently organize similar competitions, including other disciplines as well, in different districts of Jharkhand,” added Singh, also president of the Jamshedpur Para Sports Association ( JPSA).
Two invited special school students will each participate in the competition. “We are expecting around 30 students (boys and girls),” he said.
Singh, a seven-time national cycling champion who was also captain of the Indian team at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, said the venue was set up for the competition. “The tagging would be done before the start of the event. Special students would enjoy the competition,” he added.
The organizers invited Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Babban Singh as the main guest.
Sonari-based Jeevika has been hosting petanque competitions for years and the JPSA thought it wise to include her as a joint organizer. “Playing hand with Jeevika would help us run the event hassle-free. We would also like to work with the NGO when organizing future events, ”said a JPSA official.
The state parasport team will work at the grassroots level at the village, panchayat, bloc, district and state levels to promote the challenged and help them win medals in national and international competitions.