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Paralympics Games that kicked off on Wednesday in Brazil involves Goal ball, handball game for the visually impaired persons that is slowly gaining entry into Uasin Gishu County.

But due to lack of information, one goal ball player Sebastian Amoi and County Coordinator is not aware of the Paralympics games in Brazil and even his favorable game of Goal ball he initiated in Uasin Gishu County.

Amoi said he was not and is not aware of the goal ball game if it was part of the Paralympics games.

“Visually impaired persons lack information and the relevant people who are supposed to disseminate the same information don’t pass it to the people instead they hold onto it,” said Amoi in Eldoret.

Amoi, an engineer by profession lost his eyesight in his 28th year after serving at Kenya Youth Service as a road contractor and former employee of defunct Municipal Council of Eldoret before losing his sight.

He says the players are neglected and no national trials were held so no player could have competed for the nation.

“In Kenya, people living with disability are neglected in decision making. I have a solid team of twelve players who have embraced the sport and could bring gold for Kenya at the games. But since nobody had gone that means we can’t bring in any gold,” said Amoi.

The sport which has not been received much in the country, involves passing a ball that has a bell on it. A player listens and concentrates carefully to the sound of the moving ball, grabs it and passes to his teammates.

He added that a sport has changed many disabled people’s lives and it will be good if the message is passed across them.

“Going for Paralympics games could have changed many players lives both in Uasin Gishu and the rest of Kenya but lack of information has hindered us to reach out to the world. Sport is doing well to the people living with disability,” said the Maseno University student for a special education in Computer programming.

He added “I was introduced to this game by my blind friends at Maseno University and after learning it fully, I decided to introduce it to others,” he said.

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