A 30 member Indian contingent from National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) consisting of 19 contestants, 2 International Judges and 9 officials , escorts & sign language interpreter participated in the 9th International Abilympics held in Bordeaux , France from March 22-27, 2016. The contestants were selected based on Skill Evaluation of the all the gold medal winners of the 4th National Abilympics. International Abilympics is the world’s largest skills competition featuring persons with disabilities. Over 500 contestants from 35 countries, 215 Judges, 194 interpreters, 194 assistants, 184 officials, 162 observers, 600 volunteers and more than 100 business partners participated in the event. A total of 49 skill events were organised. The events were witnessed by over 60000 visitors.
Indian contestants took part in 19 contests. The disabled contestants displayed a very high level of professional skills in the events. India won one silver medal in Creating Web Pages (Mr. Rajneesh Agrawal, Jabalpur), one bronze medal in Embroidery (Md. Sikander Shaikh, Mumbai) and one Certificate of Excellence in Photography – Outdoor (Mr. P Saikrishnan, Chennai).
Congratulations to all of them
The visit provided an opportunity and exposure to the contestants to the latest trends in technology. They have all returned with a resolve to further improve their skills and make the country proud in future.
The participation in the international event was facilitated by generous support from The Hans Foundation ; Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd.; Blind Peoples’ Association, Ahmedabad ; Disable Welfare Trust of India, Surat ; Sarojini Trilok Nath Trust, Delhi ; PRJ, Pune , Samanvay Seva Kendra, Jabalpur ; Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Delhi and a number of other organisations and individual philanthropists. The participation in International Abilympics provided an exposure to the participants to the latest technologies and helped to motivate them to work harder to improve their skills.
During the above period, Dr. Uma Tuli, Ex - Secretary General NAAI was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of International Abilympic Federation. This is an honour to the country.
Abilympics are vocational skill competitions for persons with disabilities to enable them to showcase and enhance their talent. Abilympics empower the contestants and help create public awareness about their abilities.
The National Abilympic Association of India was formed in May 2001 at the behest of the Ministries of Social Justice & Empowerment and Human Resource Development, Government of India to serve as a nodal agency to formulate, initiate and implement policies to propagate Abilympics in the country. The registered office is located at Plot No.1, Udhyog Vihar, Phase 1, Near Kapashera Border, Gurgaon, and is guided by a Governing Body. It operates through five zones in the country and has at present 11 Zonal Vice Presidents. All the zonal vice presidents are associated with local NGOs with requisite infrastructure in the disability sector. The VPs organize District level abilympics in their zone with the help of NGOs, district administrations and other agencies to spread the abilympic movement in the country.