Students of the Vocational Training Center for the Blind, Oshodi, are set to hold their 22nd annual sports games next week at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Center.
The Chairman, Executive Council of the Nigerian Society for the Blind, Asiwaju Fola Osibo at a press parley with journalists, spoke on the importance of engaging in sports among the visually impaired.
He said: “Sporting activities enhance the physical and social development of the students. When they do sports, they are kept physically fit and healthy. They also develop a sense of social interaction with one another and the ability to compete with issues of life at any time.”
“This society wants our students to have a positive self-image, high self-esteem and possess leadership skills that will help them lead a healthy, active lifestyle. The general public is encouraged to attend our event, cheer on our athletes and see firsthand that there is the ability in disability.”
“Being visually impaired is not a handicap when it comes to participating in sports. With a little assistance and encouragement, blind athletes and youth can enjoy all the benefits that come with engaging in sports. By recognising the abilities of visually impaired athletes they can easily be included in sporting events.” he concluded.
The sporting event will hold by 2 pm on Thursday the 6th April at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Center and events to compete for includes such as march past, three-legged race, 50-meter races among others.