File photo from the inaugural Delhi leg: Coach Manoj Soma training wheelchair basketball to students of Amar Jyothi School, Delhi

File photo from the inaugural Delhi leg: Coach Manoj Soma training wheelchair basketball to students of Amar Jyothi School, Delhi

Pune, 10th December 2014: After its successful run in New Delhi, the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, in collaboration with Choice International, the International Red Cross and other partners, will now be conducting workshops on Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia for disabled persons in Pune on 12th and 13th December.

The Pune leg will be organised in partnership with the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) and conducted by international coaches Mr Jesse from USA and Mr Robertangelo Ciccone from Italy. The organising committee for the Pune event comprises basketball coaches Suvarna Limaye, Arnika, Sharad Nagane, administrator Shrikant Narkar and coordinator Prasanna Choudhari. Click here for Pune invite.

The workshops were inaugurated at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on the 5th of December 2014. The Chairman of the ISIC, Maj. HPS Ahluwalia was present at the inauguration and said, “While Wheelchair Basketball is one of the leading international paralympic sports, it is hardly played in our country. We need to promote the sport not only to create professional sportspersons but also for rehabilitating people with disability.”

The workshops aim to increase awareness on the positive impact of disability sports, specifically Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia, among disabled persons in India. The workshops specifically target the disabled persons, coaches, community leaders, referees, physiotherapists interested in disability sports. The organisers seek to use disability sports as a tool to promote equality and access to disabled persons and also, to develop and train disabled sportspersons to enable them to compete at national and international disability sports tournaments.

The workshops will cover various areas on Wheelchair Basketball such as the fundamentals (basic basketball skills with an introduction to the rules of the game), contact, stretching, basic chair skills, ball handling and passing.

The workshops will be rounded off by a mini-tournament in Chennai with the best wheelchair basketball players selected from the workshops competing against each other.

About Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is practiced in nearly 100 countries as a fully competitive sport and is recognised at the Paralympic level. Initially a rehabilitation and recreational activity for spinal cord injured patients, it embraces a wide range of physical impairments including paraplegics, spina bifida, amputees, brittle bones, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. It is designed for athletes who have a physical impairment or disability that prevents running, jumping and pivoting. The measurements of the court and the height of the baskets are the same as in able-bodied basketball and each teams consist of 5 players. It is played by men and women alike.

About the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India

The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) is the governing body for wheelchair basketball in India and is responsible for promotion of the sport at all levels in India. The WBFI hopes to break down barriers to self-belief and prejudices against disability by helping each participant to push their boundaries to foster self-improvement and to showcase their abilities, whether they be leadership, social or competitive. WBFI aims to increase disabled people’s inclusion in society through participation in sport. More information at

About Choice International

Choice International is a UK based, not-for-profit, international development organisation promoting Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion in the UK and Overseas. The founders of Choice International are passionate about equality and diversity, throughout their successful careers in this field of work they have felt a great need to develop innovative solutions and sustainable projects for social issues in the UK and overseas.

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