Sports despite Polio

Jamal Safi

PESHAWAR: Polio remained dominant on the
sports ground of Islamia
College University, Peshawar during the National Ability Sports festival held on Thursday.

Pukhtun Nama conducted a survey on the occasion and interviewed
managers and players of the competing teams about the factors of disabilities.

The general sectary of Friends of Paraplegics (FOP)Peshawar Centre Engineer Irfan stated that the purpose of festival was to create awareness among the people about
the problems of persons with disabilities in our society.

He added that around 150 players from all over the country participated in four categories of sports including cricket,table tennis, wheelchair race and board games.

He told Pukhtun Nama that about 70% of the disabled persons who are participating in festival have been affected polio virus
adding that out of which most of the players belong to various areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Senior player and winner of 2006 Pacific games in thecategory of Table tennis Ihsan Danish from KP team told Pukhtun Nama that 79 Players from KP has been competing in this
event in which 59 had been hit by polio.

Muhammad Idrees from Mardan, the student of Bachelor of Science (BS) zoology told that he was hit by polio in the age of five, and he faced a lot of problems due to the unavailability wheelchair track in his college, ‘‘without my friends’ help I couldn’t even take my classes as they always helped me to go upstairs classes”.

On the opening ceremony of the sports festival the Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. Noshad Ahmad of Islamia College University pledged in his speech that within a year the
collage would be made accessible for the handicapped persons.

Abdul Saleem Khan, the manager of Sindh Cricket Team told Pukhtun Nama that 12 players participated in the sports festival
from Sindh, out of 12 participant 11 players are the victims of polio.

On the occasion mentor of Gilgit Baltistan players and Advisor to Chief Minister Engineer Amjad Nadeem said
that seven out of 14 players have been suffering polio ailment.