India’s wheelchair basketball team reaching out to public for support for Asian Championship

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A team of disabled basketball players will represent India at the Asia Oceanic Zonal Championship for Wheelchair Basketball that is to take place in Thailand in January 2017. However, financial constraints have proved to become a roadblock and they need help.

For the first time ever, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) wants to send an Indian Under-23 Wheelchair Basketball Team to the qualifiers, which can lead the way to World Under-23 Basketball Championship for persons with disability.

The team is in desperate need for about  Rs 15.25 lakh for training, participation, travel and accommodation. Since there are no funding options available for this initiative in the mainstream sports arena, WBFI is reaching out to the general public for support.

Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh along with crowdfunding platform, Fuel A Dream, have come forward to help the team make it through.

The initiative has been led Madhavi Latha, a National Paralympic a multi-medal winning swimming champion and the President of the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India.

The committee has generated close 2 lacks through the crowdfunding platform and are hoping to reach the target before the deadline.   

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