By Akeem Busari.
The African Chapter of National Wheelchair Softball Association based in Lagos, has made a clarion call to the sports ministry, as well as other well-placed individuals and corporate organisations to come to its assistance as it bids to make the sport properly grounded in the country.
Speaking in at a media parley, the President of the Wheelchair Softball Association in Africa, Jude Uwazie, lamented the seeming apathy to disabled athletes and the nonchalant attitudes to their welfare.
"I am not happy that the government and the corporate world seem not to care about the welfare and life of disabled athletes in this country, " Uwazie cried.
According to him, the newly introduced wheelchair softball in the country, would provide opportunities to disabled athletes to express themselves in another form of sports, rather than struggle to make impacts in the other saturated sports.
"Wheelchair Softball is the milder version of the popular base ball. This is a sport that helps the reflexes and movement rhythms of the players.
Speaking also on the game,Australia based renowned wheelchair basketball coach Tope Ogunyemi, enthused confidently that the game of wheelchair softball has the potentials to grow in the Nigeria , as well as, bringing honours to the country.
The National Chairman of the Wheelchair Softball in Nigeria,Muhammed Audu, as well as, the chief coach, Richard Olisa, opined that the game is a perfect fit for disabled athletes in the country to make fame and fortunes for themselves and country.