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20.12.2007 Sports News

USAID grants 95,000 dollars to support Disabled Sports

By Accra Mail



The Sports Wing of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) has received a grant of 95,000 dollars from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) towards organizing a national basketball competition.

The grant will also go towards the procurement of equipment including modern wheelchair basketball chairs for men and women's teams, hand-bikes, helmets, bikes for single leg amputees for their cycling programs, jerseys and a training program in the maintenance of the chairs.

Mr Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, Chairman of GSPD Sports told the GNA Sports that the competition would be used to select talented men and women to form the national wheelchair basketball teams to adequately compete in international competitions.

He explained that the grant which falls under the USAID's Sports Diplomacy Initiative seeks to advance the mission policy of inclusion for people with disabilities.

Mr Mohammed expressed gratitude to the government and people of USA for their generosity and gave the assurance that the grant would be used towards the development of disabled sports in the country.

The Chairman said the society will 'take full advantage of this rare opportunity to develop general sports for the disabled and urged many of the disabled in the communities to join hands with the Society to lead fruitful lives instead of earning a living through begging on the streets.

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