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4th Disabled, War-Disabled, and Blind Sports-Cultural Festival opens in Tehran

Iranian President Seyed Mohammad Khatami on Monday lauded the disabled, war-disabled, and blind for their unique performance in world sports events, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Khatami made the remarks in the opening ceremony of the 4th Disabled, War-Disabled, and Blind Sports-Cultural Festival in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex, 10 km west of Tehran.

"They have made great successes for the country in the prestigious world and Paralympic Games," said the president, adding "their efforts and perseverance are praiseworthy."

"Active participation of the war-disabled and invalids in the sports tournaments and their achievements that stem from their high mental capabilities can be useful for the healthy people."

Khatami said man's character comprises three elements of wisdom, faith, and will, adding that wisdom guides man, faith motivates him, and determination helps him move.

The disabled and war-disabled sportsmen enjoy all three features, he said.

"Those who have gathered together here are the men and women that have overcome their physical defects and succeeded in being models for others," Khatami reiterated.

In addition to their successes in sports, the war-disabled athletes have already been honors to the country by defending the revolution and territorial integrity, he said.

Referring to the satisfactory function of the Federation for the

Disabled and War-Disabled Sports, particularly federation president Seyed Mahmoud Khosravi-Vafa, Khatami said, "I am certain the sports of disabled and war-disabled enjoys a special status in the recently-approved Comprehensive Sports Plan.

Some 5,500 disabled, war-disabled, and blind sportsmen and sportswomen have participated in the 4th festival (Milad-e Kowsar).

They compete in 20 sporting fields of track-and-field, sitting volleyball, weightlifting, basketball (with wheelchairs), shooting, CP (cerebral palsy) football, football for the amputated players, archery, table tennis, swimming, bastani (traditional sports), boccia, cycling, mountaineering, goalball, judo, chess, five-player football, tennis (with wheelchairs), and karate.

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