Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh

Ex. Pilot, Indian Air Force

Founder - Wheelchair Cricket India

When Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh met with an accident in 2007 lot of people thought that it’s over for him. A qualified fighter pilot with Indian Air Force who loved to be in air was suddenly restricted to a Wheelchair.

2 years which he had to spend in various hospitals were enough to break strongest of souls. But he was made of different metal. He not only survived all the negative possibilities but emerged as winner. Instead of continuing with Air Force as ground Duty officer, he chose to take retirement and do something on his own. Within few years only, he established himself as a successful entrepreneur.

Wheelchair Cricket India

WCI is a nonprofit registered organization working under the legal frame of the country. WCIA is also 80G approved organization. It was established in the year 2016 with the objective of providing rehabilitation to persons using wheelchair through sport of cricket.

The organization aims to provide a platform to the people who are using wheelchair to live an equal and independent life as members of the community. We at WCI have achieved this target within very short period of time to provide the best sporting opportunities for our players and have organized some major domestic tournaments at national level with participation from players across the county.

The best part of WCI is that most of the members are not only disabled but also wheelchair users, which helps us to understand the needs of various kinds of wheelchair users and organize the events in best possible manner. Throughout its development the association has remained faithful to the principles which are equal right of PWDs to lead independent lives, free from discrimination.

WCI is the pioneer association and the apex body of the country to promote and provide a platform for young wheelchair confined users who wish to engage and play cricket from the beginning to the excellence level. WCI has the credit to make the 1st Indian Wheelchair Cricket Team. We are also committed to introduce wheelchair cricket in other countries as well..

History of Wheelchair Cricket

Adaptive Sports as Rehab Aid for People with Disabilities

Historically, people with disabilities have been a socially and economically disadvantaged segment of society. Researchers even coined the term ‘‘Disability Ghetto’’ to describe this marginalization, manifested in discrimination and socio-cultural limitations, and further perpetuated by a lower rate of employment among individuals with disabilities. While employment on its own has its obvious advantages, financial and otherwise, interestingly, separate studies have found that both adaptive sport and employment have provided large quality of life benefits to people with disabilities. No rehabilitation is complete till a person is employed or is financially independent but it has been observed that participating in adaptive sports increase chances of employment due to various reasons. Studies have found a positive relationship between athletic participation and labour market outcomes for the able bodied population, and suggest many potential mechanisms whereby athletics lead to higher educational attainment, employment and/or wages. First, increased physical fitness levels could directly translate to increased productivity for those individuals. Second, sports provide social networking opportunities, especially for those with smaller social networks, such as people from rural background or tribal areas. Third, athletic participation may signal to employers that the individual is motivated and in good health, making them more appealing and competitive candidates in the job market. Similarly, Sport can benefit almost every aspect of the life of a person with a disability. The benefits include but are not limited to increased self-esteem, strength and endurance, social integration, physical independence and life satisfaction. Though adaptive sports has gained quite a momentum in developed nations, in developing nations like India barriers to playing adaptive sport can be daunting. Adaptive sport participation is limited by obstacles, such as a lack of accessibility in sport facilities, dislike of sports commonly associated with disability, physical dependence making practice difficult and limited time and money. The costs associated with adaptive sports include specialized wheelchairs and travel to compete against other teams. Athletes also incur at least some expenses out of pocket. Proper funding for adaptive sport programs could alleviate many of these barriers. Increased participation in adaptive sport would provide benefits at the individual level as well as the societal level. To give a sense of the potential aggregate economic impact of regular participation in adaptive sports, if an additional 100000 individuals were to play adaptive sports for only one year, we estimate that approximately 3000 of them would become employed.

Humble Beginnings

Origin of Wheelchair Cricket India Association

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