The 7th Boscia National Championship has been organized from 28 February to 4 March at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Center in Delhi Cantonment. As a sport, boccia is primarily played by athletes with cerebral palsy, but now includes athletes with other disabilities. The Indian Army has taken this initiative to promote boscia.
specially abled soldiers will get platform
At the end of the championship, an MoU has been signed between the Mission Olympic Wing of the Indian Army and the Paralympic Committee of India. It aims to promote the Paralympic movement in the country and provide a platform to transform specially abled Indian Army soldiers into para-athletes. As part of this unique initiative, Indian Army Delhi Headquarters Area and Mission Olympic Wing extended full support in coordination and conduct of the event. Not only this, the Indian Army has also fielded a team of 6 members from Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Kirkee (Pune) for the National Championship.
Para-athletes from 21 states participated
Before the start of the championship, all participants were divided into categories corresponding to their disabilities. Around 70 wheelchair para-athletes from 21 states participated in this championship. Students from ASHA schools run by the Indian Army for the disabled also witnessed the games. The General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, Lt Gen Dheeraj Seth was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function and prize distribution ceremony held on Saturday, 4th March. During this, the General Officer witnessed the final match and presented medals and trophies to the winners.
The aim of the Indian Army is big
The Boccia National Championship under the aegis of HQ Delhi Area has been a historic event for the Army as it will open up new avenues of participation in Boccia Sports for serving soldiers and veterans of the Indian Army. Now the winners of this event will compete in the Asian Boscia Regional Championship to be held in Hong Kong in May 2023. After this, the gold medalist of the Hong Kong event will get a direct berth in the Para Olympics to be held in Paris in September 2024.