Trichy: 3, March: The State chapter of Special Olympics Bharat of Tamilnadu will organise "Special Trichy Region Olympics Bharat" for intellectually challenged people at Trichy during 25-27, March 2011. The Area Director of SOB- Tamilnadu, J.Paul Devasagayam, told presspersons here on Thursday that over 400 intellecturally challenged children spread over 4 districts would take part in the Special Olympics in Trichirappallai Stadium. Apart from the participants, 100 escorts, over 100 volunteers, 20 physical education trainers, and physical directors would work for the smooth conduct of the event, he added. ‘The main events at the Special Olympics include athletics, basketball and skill contest, football and skill contest, volley ball and skill contest’ he said. The participants would be divided into three groups based on their age. While those between eight years and 11 years of age would be included in the first group, those between 12 years to 15 years of age, and those above fifteen years would be included in the next two groups, respectively.
Earlier Trichy district Olympic office has been launched at Kalaiarangam premises of District Welfare Committee. The office was inaugurated by Mr.K.N.Ramajayam, a noted sports promoter and Chairperson of Tamilnadu Basket Ball association and Member—Patron of Trichy District Welfare Committee. Mr.K.N.Ramajayam also said that he would provide necessary help for the successful conduct of Special Olympic in Trichy and he would extend his fullest cooperation to the Trichy District Chairperson of SOB-Trichy District, Sevai Govindarajan.J.Paul Devasagayam launched the Social online Radio/TV Etram for children especially for differently abled and unified schools. J.Paul Devasagayam enlightened the participants that Special Olympics is an international programme of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults all over the world having its headquarters in Washington D.C having its philosophy of Special Olympics as founded on the belief that people with mental retardation can, with proper instructions and encouragement, lean, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
The local committee took and decision to organize a family get together of parents of intellectually challenged children on the 12th of March on the occasion of World Women’s day week. Dr.K.Govindarajan, Chairman, Trichy Special Olympic mentioned that the 7 girls selected for Special Olympic from Trichy to be held in June 2011 are being given Rs.1000 per month maximum of Rs.5000 per students for the consumption of nutritious food as a part of the preparation of the Special Olympic to be held in Athens. Mr.Santhakumar, Spastic Society of Trichy and NGO heads and office bearers of Special Olympic and target students participated in the consultative meetings conducted in Special Olympic Office in Trichy. Earlier Revathy welcomed the gathering and Xyian Stephen, the Radio program director in her vote of thanks address said ‘with the growth of the Internet and advances in online telecommunication, we feel the time is right to introduce an online radio stations with news, information, and support, for persons with disabilities, this online communication expects people around the world to change the way they look at disability - to think and act differently, and to make a positive difference to the lives of people with disabilities.’ -EtNS.