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National Wheelchair User Cricket Tournament

National Wheelchair Cricket Tournament 2011 (NWCCT) is one of the efforts to change people’s attitude towards Persons with Disabilities and to close the gap between the PWD’s and the society. This would help people know about the talent of PWD’s and bring them out of their isolation. NWCCT, 2011 was organised by Saaya Association with the support of Sight-savers International, Chef International from 18-19 Nov, 2011 in Sports Complex Islamabad In this Mega event 150 PWD’s (Wheelchair users) participated from all over the country.  Students from different institutions of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and Telenor Employ worked voluntarily to organise NWCCT 2011, which provided them the opportunity to work closely with the PWD’s. This interaction changed their perception and thinking about the abilities of these people. Students are the future of this Nation; they are the one who will perform influential roles in shaping the society. If their attitude toward PWD’s will change and they accept them as viable part of the society, the inclusive society could be formed. Seven teams including Ravi Challengers Karachi, Khyber Kings Multan, Mehran Dolphin Lahore Gilgit Topper Murakkay, Chanar Heroes Pesahwar and Bolan tigers Mardan competed in the two-day event held under the Saaya Association. Each participating team awarded cash Prize Rs 5.000.

At the end DIG Islamabad Police Mr. Mukarram, DG Special Education Mr. Mustafain Kazmi and Khalid Naeem former DG special education DG Sports Mr. Shrafat Ali distributed the certificates, Shields, cash awards among the players. The winning team captain Nadir Khan received the winning trophy and Rs: 10.000 cash prize while the captain of Chanar Heroes Ayaz Khan collected the runners-up trophy.

Mr. Mukarram DIG police said we will support such events and it is my pleasure to join you in this Cricket match and I enjoyed the cricket and spirit of participants, Mr. Mustafain Kazmi DG special education while speaking congratulated the winners and said that it was honor for him to grace the occasion. He assured the organisers to support them in future for holding such types of events; he also congratulated the organisers. President of Saaya Association Mr. Asim Zafar expressed his gratitude and thanked to everyone for making NWCCT 2011 a memorable event. The ceremony was concluded with the national song with active participation of audience and guests. It was wonderful end of a magnificent day.

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