THE launch of the amputee football category during the 6th Pan-Disability Football Championship 2016 will shed a new light to amputees who dream of playing their favourite sport again.
Tournament director Sunny Shalesh said with the formation of a properly structured training module for the amputees, they can play football and futsal once again.
“It is a new entry to the Pan-Disability Football Club who organised the event and it should be seen as a strong message to the community, especially the amputees.
“Our coaching team have been observing the number of talented players who were previously footballers but had their limb amputated due to illness or horrific road accidents,” he said.
“I am glad that this championship has become the launching pad of the much-awaited amputee football category played by individuals without limbs.
Amputee footballers playing on the futsal court
“Through this programme, I want to instil hope in them that they can still play football again despite their disability,” he added.
Sunny also claimed that Malaysia is the first country in Asean to have an organised training structure for amputees.
“Amputee football exists at international level and Vietnam is the first country that introduced the game with amputees on crutches kicking the ball.
“However, they do not have a structured training programme.
“We hope to introduce and expand the game to other Asean countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia,” he said, adding that he is targeting to have the team play with Vietnam in a tournament.
Kayveas (right) and Pusat Jagaan & Latihan Insan Istimewa IMC principal Raaginee Shalesh (left) having a light moment with a player after the event.
Pan-Disability Football Club is a well-established football outfit sponsored by the CIMB Foundation that conducts community coaching for people with a disability.
Held at Forum 19, Section 19, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, the event gathered 19 teams and about 250 disabled footballers to battle it out in five categories of disabilities.
The categories are the intellectually challenged (autistic, down syndrome, learning difficulties), cerebral palsy, deaf, dwarfs and amputees.
“The standing rules on International Disability Football Federations were applied in this championship, but with slight modifications on playing conditions and adjustments on ruling wherever applicable,” he said.
A group photo of one of the cerebral palsy teams.
The Pan-Disability Football Club was established in 2006 by Sunny, a strong advocate of disability sports.
CIMB Foundation is the key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner in driving this unique community project for children and people with a disability.
The club today coaches the categories of disability such as the national 5-A-side blind football team which won the gold medal for the Asean Para Games 2015, partially blind football, frame football for children using walkers as aid, as well as the above mentioned categories.