Pledging to leave no one behind
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging to “leave no one
behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental principle, cutting across the three pillars: Development, Human Rights and Peace and Security. It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with persons with disabilities, in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The unique ability of sports to transcend linguistic, cultural and social barriers makes it an excellent platform for strategies of inclusion and adaptation. Furthermore, the universal popularity of sport and its physical, social and economic development benefits make it an ideal tool for fostering the inclusion and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Sport changes the person with disability in an equally profound way by
empowering persons with disabilities to realize their full potential and advocate for changes in society. Through sport, persons with disabilities acquire vital social skills, develop independence, and become empowered to act as agents of change.
Sport teaches individuals how to communicate effectively as well as the significance of teamwork and cooperation and respect for others. Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger. These skills can be transferred into other new arenas including employment and advocacy work further helping to build self-sufficiency.
Management Committee of Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) National Tennis Championship was proud to include the tennis competition Category for the Special athletes for the first time in 2019 with the rules and formats suited to them. It was the first opportunity for these star athletes to compete at such a big National Tennis Championships. The idea was to involve these athletes and bring them to the mainstream so they could compete along in their own category shoulder to shoulder with our national stars. Around 30 athletes in different categories have participated in the event. The event was organized for two days. We would like to thank Special Olympic Committee, parents/guardians of these stars in availing this opportunity and gracing the event with their presence.
The Management Committee of the championship has approved the event for the athletes from Special Olympics as permanent feature in the future. We look forward to receiving them you every year and are thankful to them for accepting our invitation, they are our shining stars.