Target to raise national athletes
13 disabled young people from various regions of Istanbul enjoyed their time by playing sports with students of School of Physical Education and Sports. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Davut Başoğlu, Head of Department of Sports Management at School of Physical Education and Sports, stated that they engaged the disabled youth in life thanks to sports, and added, “We have aimed to show that it is possible to raise athletes for the national team that can participate in Paralympics by directing disabled individuals to sports.”
In accordance with the data from General Directorate of Sports Department of Ministry of Youth and Sport, there are 43.858 certified disabled athletes in total registered in four different federations in Turkey. Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled has 1179 female professional athletes, a total of 7.216 certified disabled athletes, registered in 22 branches. In addition, Turkish Special Athletes Sports Federation has 20.170 certified athletes. While Turkish Deaf Sports Federation has 10.828 certified athletes in 24 branches, Turkish Blind Sports Federation has 5.644 certified athletes in 8 branches.
Nişantaşı University, exclaiming it has aimed to engage children with special needs in life thanks to sports, and turn them into professional athletes, hosted an event in this scope. In scope of the event organized by Department of Recreation at the School of Physical Education and Sports and Disability Consultation and Coordination Unit, this sports event was realized between 13 disabled youth at the ages of 18-20 from various regions of Istanbul and university students. These disabled youth, whose happiness was written all over their faces, enjoyed their time, doing sports and playing games with students of School of Physical Education and Sports.
“WE MAKE EFFORTS TO MAKE THEM PRODUCTIVE”
The rector of Nişantaşı University, Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın, stated that he feels honored to host such an event in their university, and added, “Approximately 10% of our society consists of disabled individuals. We should keep in our minds that every person is a candidate for being disabled. In this sense, we are so happy to entertain these youth at this event in our university. These events should be persistent. We share the same world with them. We all live in the same time period. In such terms, if we can collapse the perspective towards the word “disabled”, then we can provide equality. We make efforts to help them take an active part in society and life, and make them productive. We will continue to be the greatest supporter of them in this regard as a university.”
THEY AIM TO RAISE NATIONAL ATHLETES
Director of School of Physical Education and Sports, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Davut Başoğlu, exclaimed, “Our aim with this event is to engage the disabled in life without forgetting they are also individuals. We are aware of the fact that disabled individuals are already involved in life. We desired to show not only healthy people can do sports, but everybody can do it. We have aimed to show that it is possible to raise athletes for the national team that can participate in Paralympics by directing the disabled individuals to sports. We are in contact with relevant institutions in order to make this event long-termed and persistent. We will most probably maintain its continuity.”Release date: 09.12.2019