By Hilary Mukasa,
Chuka University held disability games for sitting volleyball on 29th February and 1st March this year. Hosts Chuka University, Dedan Kimathi, and Meru University participated.
This was a great initiative to involve physically challenged students and make them feel appreciated and wanted in society. It was a great move organized by the Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) and hosted under the Central Conference of KUSA (KUSA- Central).
Chuka university management led by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Erastus Njoka has initiated measures to ensure that students and staff living with disabilities are accorded equal opportunities in all aspects.
‘While the sport has value in everyone’s life, it is even more important in the life of a person living with a disability. Rehabilitative influence in sports can have a positive impact not only on the physical body but also on rehabilitating people with a disability into society’ Prof Njoka told the Eastern Newspaper.
Today people living with disabilities participate in high-performance as well as in competitive and recreational sport. The athletes with a disability also participate in Paralympic games which are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental, and sensorial disabilities.
The sporting activity includes mobility, disabilities amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy. The Paralympics Games are held every four years, following the Olympics games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee.