The minister said, the involvement of persons with disability in sports and their great feats in recent times, has contributed to the gradual erosion of negative perception by people against them.
“Persons with disability are no longer seen as cursed people from cursed families, but rather people with equal qualities, who when given opportunity will contribute to the society, like anyone else.” Mr. Ayarigah stated.
Hon. Ayariga made these comments during the opening ceremony of the first ever National Para-Sports festival. He noted that the increase the number of persons with disability in sports and enhance the chances of Ghana winning more medals at international competitions.
Over 300 para-athletes drawn from the ten regions of Ghana, gathered at the Accra Sports Stadium for the first ever National Paralympic Sports Festival, in Accra.
The two-day event which started from Friday, December 12, 2014 to Saturday, December 13, 2014 saw athletes engaging in volleyball, basketball, table tennis, tennis, taekwondo, wheelchair athletics and goal-ball.
The festival which was under the auspices Agitos Foundation of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) is geared at creating awareness on Para Sports and the Paralympic movement in Ghana.
it is also a platform where talents in Para Sports disciplines will be identified and drafted into the various Paralympic teams.