The 22nd edition of the Usha National Athletics Championship for the Blind, the largest sports event for the visually challenged in the country, started in Delhi at Thyagraj Stadium on Wednesday.
This tournament is being organized by Indian Blind Sports Association (bi-annually) and will further boost the true spirit of athletes in the country. This championship will have over 336 prizes to be won across various disciplines over the next three days.
The event started on 14th December and was inaugurated by Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India.
She also launched the coffee-table book, ‘The Play of Dots’, which showed the accomplishments of unsung heroes, whose struggles are often hidden and unrecognized.
While announcing the Championship open in front of 550 participants from all over the country, Lekhi Stated
“I’ve been associated with the Blind Relief Association for the last 25 years so this is like a homecoming for me. I realized in college that people who, we feel, have an inability in one way have the capacity to excel in other ways. So, the focus needs to be on the ability and not the disabilities,”
The sponsor of the National Championship, Usha, has been a keen supporter and promoter of inclusive sporting initiatives across the nation.