Sports facility for the blind in progress in Rīga

People with visual impairments in Rīga will have a new place for sporting activities in the Strazdumuiža complex, Latvian Radio reported February 17.

The spaces still need to be transformed, and the works lack the means and workforce.

“There are rehabilitation centers in which you can do something, but there is a limit on the number of hours provided by the state, but here we are working and there would be no time limit for sport,” Imands Elstiņš, head of the Latvian Blind Sports Union, told Latvian Radio.

The Latvian Blind Sports Union has rented a new space in the vicinity of Strazdumuiža campus, between the school, library, and Lake Jugla. The spaces are in a soviet building where the Union hopes to bring together blind and visually impaired people in various sports activities, from games to gymnastics facilities to board games. Currently, there are only a couple of tandem bikes and a blind tennis table on the new premises.

The Union organizes training and competitions locally and abroad. Uģis Skuja, a representative of the Union, said that at present approximately 100 members of different organizations are active in blind sports, but the community is not expanding.

The Blind Sports Union therefore plans to promote sports in regional schools in the near future. Representatives of the community have yet to obtain funding, workforce and assistance for repairs of the new spaces, indicating that more information can be found out by contacting the organization

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