【Cambodia】Athletic Training Courses and Competitions for Promoting Social Participation of People with impairment in Cambodia
- January to March, 2017
- Sports for People with impairment, Athletics, Symbiotic Sports, Workshops, Competitions
- 特定非営利活動法人ハート・オブ・ゴールド 独立行政法人日本スポーツ振興センター
- Japan Para Athletics University of Tsukuba Japan International Cooperation Agency National Paralympic Committee of Cambodia Cambodian Disabled Athletics Federation Cambodian Amateur Athletics Federation
- 991 people
We held a athletics workshop and competition for people with impairment in Cambodia to promote symbiotic sports (sports in which elderly and people with impairment can participate widely regardless of the presence/absence, type, or degree of their disability). A short-distance athletics event for handicapped people was held for the first time in Cambodia with the hope of helping athletes grow.From January 30th to February 1st, we invited leaders from Japan Para Athletics and hosted a training workshop for athletes and coaches. A wide range of people participated―from experienced participants in international competitions to first-time runners. Participants were able to acquire expert knowledge and the unprecedented workshop was a deeply meaningful event.
Every Friday from February 17th to March 10th, we held a lecture called an “open class.”
From March 11th to March 12th, we held a hands-on athletics experience for handicapped people as a way to demonstrate the results of the workshop and open classes. Various handicapped athletes with movement disorders, lower/upper limb disorders, visual disorders, intellectual disabilities, etc. participated, and the venue filled with excitement.
Feedback from Participant :
I experienced running for the first time at the hands-on experience in preparation for the competition. I love to run. I was so nervous when I stood at the start line at the competition. (From Rin, who participated in the T11 class (blind athlete))