Wheelchair basket team gets London 2012 boost


NAIROBI, Kenya, September 12- The London 2012 Paralympics Games are set to be a benchmark in the organisation of future editions.

Speaking at a ceremony where Prince Edward, the Duke Earl of Wessex witnessed the presentation of 12 chairs to Kenya’s wheel chair basketball team, British High Commissioner Rob Macaire underscored the importance of the Paralympics Games.

“We are really supportive of Paralympics sport and we are impressed with what is being done for Kenyan wheelchair basket balers. We are looking forward to next year’s Paralympics Games in the UK because it is more than just sport, it’s about inspiring people and showing that sport can enrich the lives of disabled people,” Macaire said.

At the function where the visiting Prince did not address the media, the High Commissioner told of what to expect at the event that will run from August 29 to September 9.

“The London Games will be the most accessible ever since disabled groups have been involved in designing the stadia and venues. We are proud of that and we will be using it to showcase the best Paralympics Games ever.”

During the presentation, the wheelchair basketballers put on a display for the dignitaries who included Kenya’s vice-president, Kalonzo Musyoka who hailed the sporting ties between the two nations.

“We continue to celebrate our relationship and what we have seen here today is another example of the cordial ties that exist between our two countries,” Musyoka, who is the patron of Kenya Paralympics noted.

The activity was to mark the celebrations that have been going on worldwide to mark a year to the games.