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Disability is not a barrier in sport

Papua New Guinea Football Association gifted Special Olympics Papua New Guinea with some LaLiga balls to promote the sport and its values as a tool of social inclusion.

When handing over the balls PNGFA general secretary Dimirit Mileng said, as part of the association’s social responsibility programme, Papua New Guinea Football Association is glad to help support athletes with impaired physical abilities.

“Life is full of fun and excitement regardless of whatever challenges that are faced along the way, as those in sports realise everytime.”

“However, regardless of their physical limitations sports men and women are given equal opportunities in their elite sport to compete and realize their dreams.” Mileng says.

PNG Sports Foundation Southern Region Sports Development Officer, Willie Vaira thanks PNGFA for the gift and said the donation is timely to assist the team’s preparation for the Special Olympics Queensland State Championships in Brisbane, Australia.  

He said Special Olympics Papua New Guinea provides sports opportunities for athletes with impaired physical abilities.

“Being intellectually disabled does not stop these athletes to represent their country and show the world that they too can compete on the world stage.”

“This are a special group of kids and in order for you understand them and work closely with them you have to pay close attention to them, know their likes and dislikes,” said Vaira.

The Special Olympics has been in training for the last four weeks and will be leaving on the 1st May to Sunshine Coast in Brisbane, Australia.

Special Olympics Papua New Guinea are working in collaboration with the PNG Sports Foundation in preparation for their upcoming international events.

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