If you are shown the right direction and provided the right kind of motivation you can do wonders in life. The same can be said about Para-athletes in India, who have not only shown their potential but won great honour for the country in international sporting events. But some of these athletes have time and again argued that despite the efforts they have put in, they have not got the kind of facilities they would have wanted to practice and then showcase their talent. Moreover there has been no organized movement to look into their demands.
Now, for the very first time, those who really care about para sports in India, including the Para-athletes, para federations, para organizations and several not-for-profit organisations have come under the umbrella of Indian Association Of Para Sport Organisation (IAPSO) to look into various issues facing para-athletics in the country such as, accessibility, autonomy, doping, classification and transparency and seek a solution to these issues. As Mr. Mahantesh G.K., the Managing Trustee of Samarthanam Trust and Chief Convener of IAPSO puts it, "It’s a privilege and pride for all para sport federations and organisations of India who have taken unique initiative as a challenge to raise the platform of para sport in India to enhance the potentiality and capabilities of para athletes in India."
The new organization, which apart from 18 different federations, previously affiliated with the Paralympic Committee of India, also has support of Sports Association of India and various NGOs working in the field of disability and sports, will work towards strengthening para-sports in the country.
The newly-elected chairperson of Indian Association Of Para Sport Organisation, Mr Rajesh Tomar while requesting all stakeholders including the government to take initiative to especially design para-sports programs for children and women, said, "Sport should not be treated in isolation. All the efforts should be made for human development of the specially abled persons and this can be done through professional approach and clear vision. There is a need to establish a larger pool of technical officials, classifiers, anti-doping, sports event organisers and media "