Reference : V-P-IQ-E-01219
Date : 03/03/2013
Country/Region : IRAQ
Caption : Kirkuk, ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation centre. Kheirullah, the first wheelchair basketball player in Kirkuk, poses for a picture.
Photographer : KRZYSIEK, Pawel
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
Kheirullah who lost his both legs during Iraq-Iran war, has been developing the culture of sport for disable in the city since 1986. He is now responsible for the medal-winning wheelchair basketball team of the ICRC-supported Physical Rehabilitation Centre in Kirkuk as an assistant coach empowering the second generation of disable athletes in the city. Kheirullah is a wheelchair running champion. He raced the Iraq best for 800m and 1500m in the 1988 National Championship.

The Physical Rehabilitation Centre in the Wasiti neighbourhood in Kirkuk has been providing an essential treatment to its patient since March 2003. In addition to rehabilitation activities, the Centre - a member of the Iraqi Paralympics Committee - also runs vocational training, art and sport programmes. 65 disable athletes currently practice in the Centre sport disciplines such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair running. The Centre is well known of its high performance athletes, both male and females, as it currently proud to train Iraqi national gold medal winners in weightlifting, wheelchair basketball and fencing. The ICRC supports the Centre with prostheses, advanced wheelchairs adapted for sport activities, technical expertise and income-generating initiatives for its most vulnerable members.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3744x5616
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour