Campaign on Children’s Right to Play kicked off in Odisha by NAGN
campaign in Odisha on the “Children’s Right to Play” was kicked off on 14th of this month at the Unit VI Athletic Association Ground, Bhubaneswar as committed in the symposium held in Delhi on 28th and 29th of August 2014. NAGN Odisha Chapter organised the event in collaboration with Unit VI Athletic Association and Special Olympics Bharat-Odisha taking advantage of the Silver Jubilee of the Inter School Football Tournament being organised by the Association. Eminent sports persons like Ms. Minati Mohapatra, Five Times National Cycling Champion and Arjuna Awardee, Ms. Arpita Mohapatra, Adventure Sports Specialist, LIMCA Book of Records Holder in Mountain Biking and National Trainer of Special Olympics Bharat, Mr. Ashok Mohanty, Former Sports Administrator of Government of Odisha and Mr. Prafulla Mishra, former Santosh Trophy and National Football Player of the State, representatives of NAGN member organisations of the state along with a host of dignitaries from the corporate world, business houses, government departments, media, sports authorities of various schools and general public were present to lend credence to the campaign. An “Unified Football” match between Balangir district and Keonjhar district was organised on the occasion followed by a match between veteran footballers and media representatives which drew attention of the audience. It also gave us an opportunity to interact with the media on “Children’s Right to Play” and “Unified Sports” (this is a strong avenue to promote inclusion of children/persons with disabilities into the mainstream through sports being promoted by Special Olympics International). The concept note on the CRTP and the progress, the future plans and the PIL on Children’s Right to Play through NAGN were shared with the media in an open house at the venue so that the spectators also could be aware of the proceedings. There was also a briefing for the members of the Association on CRTP and Unified Sports.
Here is some photographs and the print media highlights.