National Paralympic Festival Held

dan deva para sportsHistory was made last Sunday when the first Dan-deVan National Paralympic Festival involving four different para sports events was held at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Over 40 para sports athletes including some national athletes competed in wheelchair racing, hand cycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis during the event.

The event, which was held with the theme ‘celebrating our para sports athletes and inspiring a new generation,’ brought together over 100 athletes and persons with disabilities from the Greater Accra region, Northern region, Brong-Ahafo region, Eastern region and the Ashanti region.

The event was made possible through collaboration between Dan-deVan Group of Companies and the National Paralympic Committee, with support from Ethiopian Airlines- The New Spirit of Africa.

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The Festival kicked off shortly after 9:00am at the Osu- Starlets 91 Street with the 15km hand cycling and 15km wheelchair events simultaneously taking place.

Alfred Adjetey Sowah established a comfortable lead after the first lap and held on to comfortably win the hand cycling by a wide margin, clocking 39.10s while Richard Mensah and Emmanuel Agyare came second and third in 44.39s and 46.55s respectively.

In the wheelchair race, defending South African Outeniqua 21km champion Mclean Dzidzienyo won a close contest, edging Yakubu Abukari to first place in 46.33s. Abukari settled for second in 46.34s while Gafa Hussein Abdul came third in 46.34s.

Ayishetu Seidu, the only woman to compete in the wheelchair event, received the loudest cheers from the spectators after coming fourth with a 56.47s clocking.

There was yet much more fun to come as some selected basketball teams played out entertaining games at the stadium basketball court.

The event climaxed with the staging of the final game in the wheelchair tennis event. Maclean Atsu Dzideinyo beat Francis Boateng to win first place. Sheriff Deen came third overall.

Meanwhile, the Dan-deVan Group of Companies will officially be launched on Thursday, 3rd December at the GNAT Hall in Accra- the day is celebrated around the world as World Disability Day.

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