News and opinions
22 October 2012
The III Inclusive Sports Week has now begun. Under the banner
'Inclusive sports in the street' the current edition will last until
Sunday 28th October. The official sports opening took place in Plaza de Felipe II in Madrid, with some inclusive football exhibition matches and wheelchair basketball. Present during the ceremony were various Real Madrid veterans, Pardeza, the director of football, and Emiliano, the presidential advisor for basketball.
During the opening a large number of basketball and football players took part in those sports' exhibition matches. In football Martín Vázquez, Butragueño, Alfonso or Buyo were just some of the ex-players participating in an inclusive football match. Emilio Butragueño, Institutional Relations Director, praised these occasions: “I am very happy to be here, and Sanitas and the Realmadrid Foundation must be congratulated for taking part in this initiative, which is really marvellous. All these athletes are an example to us. I have had a great time with them".
In basketball García Coll, Antúnez, Iñaki De Miguel and Arlauckas
were the veterans playing their part in the match against players in wheelchairs. Arlauckas expressed his joy at taking part in the event: “I really wanted to come. I think it’s a fantastic initiative".
The Realmadrid Foundation is once more participating as a promoting member in the Inclusive Sports Week, which is organized by the Sanitas Foundation and the Centre for Inclusive Sports Studies (CEDI-INEF-UPM), within the activities promoted by the Strategic Alliance for Inclusive Sport 2010-2015. During the following days the sporting will be combined with the academic, with the aim of promoting sport between people with and without disabilities.
In order to reach this objective two sports points will be open in
the street throughout the week, located in the Plaza de Felipe II
and the Retiro Park, where it will be possible to take part in football,
rugby and table tennis, together with a selection of Paralympic disciplines.