Levi Mukarati Deputy News Editor
\nFirst Lady Amai Grace Mugabe has commended people caring for children with disabilities, saying such support was crucial to integrating them into society. She was addressing athletes and invited guests at the 27th edition of the Danhiko Annual Paralympic Games yesterday at Danhiko Project in Harare. Amai Mugabe is the Patron of Danhiko Project.
“My experience over time has shaped my overall understanding of the Paralympic Games. After witnessing the physically challenged breaking certain barriers in sport, we have concluded that the only hindrance to fulfilling one’s potential is the psychological attitude of the individual,” she said.
“I would like to attribute the growing success of the games to society’s shift in attitude to children with disabilities.”
\nShe urged society to “accept and embrace our children in whatever condition they are”. “We cannot choose what God should give us. Inga muimbi (James Chimombe) akaimba wani achiti ‘chandapiwa nashe handirambe, ndinogamuchira’.
“I, therefore, commend the Association of Parents of Handicapped Children for the wonderful work they are doing, supporting each other in looking after their children with disabilities.”
Amai Mugabe said there were plans to purchase land near Danhiko Project to build state-of-the-art sports facilities for handicapped children.
\nShe said preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games were underway after the National Paralympic Committee of Japan invited Zimbabwe to participate. The Japanese had sent a team of coaches to train local athletes in wheelchair basketball and tennis ahead of the games. Amai Mugabe thanked sponsors of the Danhiko Games for coming through despite national economic challenges.
The games, which end today, have total prize money of US$12 500.
\nCabinet ministers and other senior Government officials watched athletes from across the country participate yesterday.