Reference : V-P-CD-E-02386
Date : 11/08/2016
Caption : Kinshasa. The ICRC and the national paralympic committee support athletes with disability. The "veterans" team is training.
Photographer : LUMINGU, Carol
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 05.09.2016: “Democratic Republic of the Congo: On track for the Rio Paralympics.
Wheelchair basketball is another of the sports that the national Paralympic committee is promoting. There are already several women's and men's teams in Kinshasa, as well as in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu. The partnership with the ICRC has enabled them to obtain suitable equipment and replacement parts.
The latest to benefit have been wounded soldiers. According to the secretary-general of the veterans' association, Ali Ramazani, this activity helps change society's perceptions of disabled veterans: "People realize that even if these soldiers can't go to the front line any more, they still have a role to play in society. Sport teaches them to be independent. They can fulfil their potential through an alternative occupation."
And the veterans don't intend to stop at basketball. They're planning to branch out into other sports and ultimately compete in various national and African championships."
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