BTA Introduces Wheelchair Tennis

| April 20, 2015

Botswana Tennis Association (BTA) is in the process of introducing wheelchair tennis to cater for athletes with physical disabilities.

BTA president, Nelson Amanze explained recently that his association had already started demonstrating to people living with disabilities how tennis is played in wheelchairs.

“We have run a one day workshop in Ramotswa where we brought in a wheelchair tennis player from South Africa, who also competes in their national league, to demonstrate to people living with disabilities how to play wheelchair tennis. The uptake was very good hence we went forward and say we are actually introducing it,” Amanze explained to journalists at a press conference in Gaborone.

However, he said there would be no competitions this year because players would still be learning the sport. He said the association intended to start staging wheelchair tennis competitions next year.

Shelton Benza, the association’s public relations officer, said they were planning to launch the wheelchair tennis programme during the Euphemia Tlhapane Tennis Development Tournament which would be held at the National Tennis Centre this weekend.

“We want to make the sport of tennis to be accessible to everyone and not discriminatory with regard to being challenged physically. We are so grateful to have this programme running in our country because then it brings out the essence of the sport in a manner that nobody will feel left out as a result of being challenged physically,” Benza said.

He stated that the association wanted to join hands with any organisation in Botswana with programmes for people who are physically challenged in any way so that they can run the programme jointly.

Benza also pointed that the association had received some wheelchairs and would be presented at the launch this Saturday.

Boikobo Gaolebalwe, the BTA secretary general said though the association had financial challenges, it was doing its best to ensure that tennis was actually reached by everybody.

He was confident that the introduction of wheelchairs would definitely help to have everybody partake in tennis.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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