For Immediate Release
Singapore, 10 April 2012- Singapore’s team ‘ExtraOrdinary’ footballers were crowned third in the AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament UAE (United Arab Emirates) 2012. Conversely the footballers didn’t only defy cerebral palsy, but five other countries in which Iran took the lead, Australia as the runner-up, while Korea, UAE and Jordan staged fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
The phenomena denoting the inaugural event, was in hopes to elevate the awareness of such athletes while, providing an international exposure and heightening socialisation amongst the footballers. The tournament partook between 1 April and 7 April 2012. The team representing Singapore comprised 11footballers alongside a team manager, secretary, head coach and sports trainers.
The footballers who contended several matches against opposing sportsmen realized that it has helped refine their flairs which motivate them for forthcoming tournaments.
The Singapore delegation had the opportunity to participate in both the grand opening and closing ceremonies. Team ‘ExtraOrdinary’ also mentioned that they were salubrious and that the host nations were of great hospitality and cordial throughout their stay.
Vice President of SDSC, Mdm Mumtaz Begum Binte Abdul Karim: “The team and I look forward to such future tournaments. We are also hoping to enlarge the pool of athletes while opening it up to other VWOs (Voluntary Welfare Organization) in order to build this team much stronger and to make this sport evident in Singapore.”
Coach of three years, Zainudeen Hassan: “To me it is a great start. It is a great feeling representing Singapore and playing with other international teams. It was a dream comes true for the players. We felt like zeros to heros. I should say that the team has done well and we are proud of the achievements. Now that the boys are all inspired by their performance, they are also looking forward for upcoming tournaments.”
SDSC is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions. Find out more at www.sdsc.org.sg
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Singapore Disability Sports Council
Ms Marisa Goh
Corporate Communication, Executive
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