Army sets up its first Paralympics Node

December 16, 2017

Indian Army has set up its first Paralympics Node at the Bombay Engineering Group and Centre in Pune. The Node will promote the sporting potential of soldiers rendered disabled in the line of duty. It will work towards their holistic rehabilitation will train them in disciplines such as athletics, archery, triathlon, swimming, and shooting. Candidates will be selected based on their fitness, age, and performance during training.

Before setting up the Node, the Army Sports Control Board sought feedback from potential beneficiaries to assess their requirements. The Node has best in class training infrastructure, including a unique synthetic track and environment-friendly accommodation for the sportspersons. It also houses an Artificial Limb Centre that will help players mend their prosthetic devices.

Apart from the Paralympic Sports Node, para sportspersons will also receive requisite training at the Army Sports Institute, Army Institute of Physical Training, and Army Rowing Node, all located in Pune.

Importantly, bearing in mind their professional aspirations, the Indian Army has also devised a special promotion policy for soldiers who are para sportspersons.

The Army has, over the years, produced several para sportspersons who have performed successfully in various domestic and international sporting events. Currently, the Army has about 25 active para sportspersons participating in different disciplines.

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