Marathon Winners Bags Le 2.7m
In continued Celebration of the international Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the National Commission for Persons with Disability Commission NCPD in collaboration with Handicap International (HI) organized Wheelchair Marathon competition for the physically challenged persons on Sunday 8th December 2019 in Freetown.
The event is a follow-up up to the just concluded Amputee and Blind Football Competition held in Kenema during the celebration of the IDPD.
The marathon started in a Grand style as Disabled sportmen took off from Ferry Junction down to the National Stadium.
The colorful, and attractive event captured the attention of various categories of disabled people and the general public.
Muada Kamara came first and received Le1,500,000.
Giving his victory speech, he thanked the NCPD and Handicap International for creating the platform for them to showcase their talent.
He pleaded with the Commission and other partners to make the marathon event for wheelchair users an annual event.
Foday Bockarie was the 2 nd runner’s-up who took home Le700,000, the 3rd runner-up Ishmeal Conteh received Le500,000.
Presenting the medals and cash prizes to the winner and runners-up, NCPD Executive Secretary Saa Kortequee stated that sports brings together everyone and it from that backdrop the Commission and Handicap International decided to include sporting activities in this year’s International Day for Persons Disabilities celebration, ” the sport component of the budget was fully supported by Handicap International”, he maintained.
Saa Kortequee further that the Commission is grateful to Handicap International for sponsoring the event and thanking the participants and organizers for making the sport activities a reality.
Head of the IDPD Sports Committee ,James Thullah, said the events had created the opportunity for the disabled to showcase their talent in sport.
He urged all the winners to make use of the golden opportunity and continue to prepare for future sport event.
The event was climaxed with entertainment which was sponsored by UNDP for persons with disabilities.