THE 28th para-sports competition, a week-long event, is currently being held in Yangon by the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Myanmar Disabled Sports Federation.
Starting from 5 November, the multi-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities has been taking place at the sports grounds for disabled persons in North Dagon Township, Yangon Region. The event will come to an end on 11 November.
A total of 437 athletes are participating in the national event, which covers a wide range of sports categories including track and field, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wheelchair basketball, archery, chess and other events for both men and women.
Outstanding athletes will be chosen from this year’s tournament for possible inclusion in an international competition next year in Malaysia.
According to the 2014 nationwide census, the disabled population accounts for more than 2.3 million (about 4.6 per cent) of the country’s total population of over 51 million.
Tin Soe (Myanma Alinn)