Disability Sports Festival reset to Aug. 10-11


The CNMI’s first-ever Disability Sports Festival has been reset to Aug. 10 and 11 at the Marianas High School after being postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Maria last month.

Rotary Club of Saipan president Greg Borja invited everyone to attend the event, which starts at 9:30am and ends at 4pm on both days.

The sportsfest was originally scheduled to take place last July 6 to July 7, but was postponed because of the risky weather that transpired that same week.

Borja said some 70 people registered for the Disability Sports Festival—nine representing Rota, nine from Tinian, and the rest residing on Saipan.

Rotarians, in partnership with Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy System, will stage one of the disability games known as Boccia. It is a precision ball sport adapted from Bocce but for people that use wheelchairs.

The other three activities are sitting volleyball, outrigger, and adjustable softball.

On Aug. 10, four groups will be divided to play their desired sport. After an hour and 10 minutes, each group will switch on a rotating basis to try a new sport.

As for Aug. 11, Borja said it is the person’s choice to play a certain sports activity.

The Office of Grants Management reimbursed $70,000 to the Public School System back in April in order to promote accessible sports to students with disabilities.

Borja said he plans to hold the Disability Sports Festival again in March during the annual Development Disabilities Awareness Month.

Fahim Uddin

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