Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has officially handed over a Takkyu Volleyball set, a sport for persons with disabilities to participate in, to the Athletics Vanuatu during a handing over ceremony on January 25.

Mr Moses Kamut from Athletics Vanuatu attended a training last year on Promotion of Social Participation of Persons with Disabilities through sports.

The training aims to provide leaders, instructors of associations of sports for persons with disabilities, officers in charge of promotion of social welfare of persons with disabilities with the practical knowledge and techniques required to promote social participation of persons with disabilities through sports.

The sport ‘Takkyu Volleyball’ as explained by JICA Representative, Mr Naoki Takechi was invented in the 1970s for children suffering with dystrophy, serious muscular disease, in a special school for Persons with Disabilities. ‘Takkyu’ means Table Tennis in Japanese.

This game is aimed to be enjoyable for severe impairment, meaning all people from children to elderly can have fun playing the sport.

“As you know, Japan will host the Olympic Games for 2020, this will push people to participate in sports not only for enjoyment, but also improvement of health and social wealth,” Mr Takechi stressed

“I hope this introduction of the Takkyu Volleyball to Vanuatu make people who need special care be happy, and enhance their social participation,” He concluded

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