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A disabled athlete’s ordeal

July 7, 2010

This is an excerpt from the recount of Pwd athlete Adeline Dumapong about how she was treated by Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Harry Angping who according to Mike Barredo, Philspada head, the local sports body for athletes with disabilities,  humiliated Ms. Dumapong “instead of being praised and motivated” As she recounted: “I should have known that the Chairman’s tardiness without apology is an indication of how ‘little’ he sees me as a person. After hearing him vent for almost 30 minutes, I felt so beaten that I cried. I cried because of embarrassment; we were in the lobby of the PSC, for God’s sake! I cried out of frustration because I wanted to answer back but had to ‘swallow’ my words because of his position. Most of all I cried because of a sad truth that dawned on me: the chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission does not fully grasp the reality that ‘Sports is for All,’ including children, youth, women and people with disabilities. Despite occupying the highest position in the PSC, Chairman Angping needs to be enlightened that we now have the Magna Carta for People with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other laws that uplift and protect the rights of PWDS.”

For the full article by Rina Jimenez-David of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
posted on 07/06/2010 on the incident, click the link below:

A-disabled-athletes-ordeal

(Note: Ms. Dumapong is an athlete who has won medals for the Philippines in the Paralympics, Asean and Asian Para Games for powerlifting)

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