In the News – Week of August 22

4-Team Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

A Wheelchair Basketball tournament hosted by the Holland’s men’s Basketball team ended yesterday. Wheelchair Basketball players representing the Netherland, Belgium, France, and Sweden participated in the tournament. The Dutch Olympic Committee has given continuous support to the national team as Team Holland strives hard to keep it very competitive. The team was not qualified for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Holland’s men’s Wheelchair Basketball successfully used the event as a preliminary for the 2011 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships scheduled to be held next month in the Palestinian town of Nazareth, Israel.” The sport of Wheelchair Basketball will be one of 20 sports featured at the the 2012 London Paralympic Olympic Games. For related online resources, please visit: Wheelchair Basketball

Disability and Gender

Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) specialized in sport development have confronted with challenges when it comes to dealing with women with disabilities in developing countries. According to the International Platform on Sport and Development (IPSD), “women with disabilities have ‘double discrimination’ in disability sport – being disabled and being a woman.” Indeed, women with disabilities in developing countries are prone to intense discrimination stemming from social, cultural, and political factors. As NGOs and multi-governmental organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) continue to work on improving conditions under which women with physical disabilities are treated with the respect they deserve. As the IPSD points out that “future research is required in specific countries and regions to identify the issues and obstacles that women are facing.  For more information about the issue, please visit: Sport and Development

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