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Miraflores: Volleyball for People with a Handicap

Ana Gamero

The Municipality of Miraflores has launched a new sports program aimed at people with disabilities. What do you think of this?

Miraflores: Volleyball for People with a Handicap

(Photo: Municipalidad de Miraflores /Facebook)

Integration is crucial within society, hence is important to create more alternatives for people with handicaps in order to improve their quality of life.

Recently, the Municipality of Miraflores launched a very peculiar sport, sitting volleyball. This initiative is aimed for those of us who have special conditions that prevent us from competing in traditional volleyball. The sport seeks to integrate people with physical limitations and create a nicer environment.

Sitting volleyball was first practiced in the Netherlands in the 1950s, it started as a combination of volleyball and a German game called Sitzb.

What are the rules? Sitting volleyball also has six players for each team, however, some rules are different. According to Sitting Volleyball, the court is much smaller, 10 metres by six metres, and a lower net, 1.15 m for men and 1.05 m for women. Another difference is that players are allowed to block the serve.

You can register now for free at Niño Heroe Manuel Bonilla Stadium from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m -1:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. The only requirement is to take the national ID (DNI) and in case of children, parents also need to present their DNI. Alternatively, any inquires can be done by phone at 617-7124 and by e-mail at exequiel.zevallos@miraflores.gob.pe

It is worth noting that Lima is going to host the Pan and Parapan Olympics in two years where athletes with physical difficulties are competing.

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