Today, the idea of people with a disability being able to participate in sport and physical activity is not so uncommon. In many developed countries, opportunities exist from the grass roots to elite levels for people with a disability to showcase their abilities in sport and physical activity. But this is not the case in all parts of the world.
According to United Nations Assembly:
“Any person unable to ensure by himself, wholly or partially, the necessities of a normal individual and/or social life, as a result of deficiency, either congenital or not, in his or her physical or mental capabilities”.
Which further defines:
Persons with disabilities (PWD) as persons who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which, in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
Disability sport is a term that refers to sport designed for, or specifically practiced, by people with disabilities. People with disabilities are also referred to as athlete’s with disabilities. Deaf sport is distinguished from other groups of people with disabilities and in some countries deaf people prefer not to label deafness as a disability. The rules of deaf sport are not altered, only instead of whistles and start guns, athletes and officials communicate through signs, flags and lights. In many developing countries deafness is still considered a disability.
However, the situation on the ground remains mixed. Persons with physical disabilities feel inferior and are lacking confidence in themself. Most of them donot know how to start or who to approach for a career in the same. Players Konnect feels proud to help the “Differently Abled” athletes’ by this platform.