SIBU: Special Olympics Sibu Chapter has introduced badminton as the new game for disabled participants. Previously, the special children played bowling and bocce ball.
On Saturday, 110 participants special education classes in Sibu and Kanowit took part in a badminton competition, launched by Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee.
“Unified Sport is an approach pioneered by Special Olympics. It unites people with and without intellectual disabilities through training and playing together,” he said.
“Special Olympics Unified Sports team brings people together like any other sport.
“In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability.
“The games are more challenging, exciting and bring more fun.
“This is a fun way to break stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities,” he added.
Hii expressed hope that this approach would be expanded to all schools in Sibu to build inclusion and tolerance among pupils.
“As we all know, social inclusion is very important in our special children’s lives.
“Social inclusion will be fun when is carried out through sport events.
“I hope to see more of this wonderful activity in the future,” he said.
Among those present was chapter chairman Datuk Jason Tai.