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Breaking stigma: Two HIV+ kids participate in Children’s Olympics

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Two HIV positive children from Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation (BSSF) participated in Children’s Olympics, Netherlands.

bssf2Budding sportspersons, Babu and Manik were trained for six months to take part in the tournament held in June 2015. The duo has shattered the myth that being HIV positive is the end of the road.

Elvis Joseph, the founder of BSSF, had been working towards the training of young sportspersons since the inception of BSSF. The efforts of the Bangalore School Sports Foundation have been instrumental in providing a chance for youngsters in International children’s games. Elvis Joseph wants “to ensure that all children’s earliest experiences of sport and physical activity are positive and rewarding.” And he extends that concern to children living in slums and prisons, as well as those living with HIV and disabilities.

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With the help of the sports minister of Karnataka in 2009, Goolihatti Shekhar, Elvis began to get Bangalore children represented every year in the International Children’s Games. “He said Bangalore city should be a part of the global map. He stood by my vision and said he will support me in this,” remembers Elvis.

The vision of the foundation is to reach one million children in the country and impact their lives through sports. The aim is to encourage, promote and support sports and healthy lifestyle initiatives for children.

BSSF now organizes the Bangalore School Games every alternate year, where more than 3,000 children compete in 12 disciplines.

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Physical Activities Powers Kids to Fight Emotional Distress: Study

Being less emotionally distressed at the juncture between elementary and high school is a priceless benefit for children as they are about to enter a much larger universe with bigger academic challenges

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FILE - Shimaa Hashad of Egypt takes part in a pratice session with an air rifle at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi, Feb. 20, 2019. VOA

Parents, please take note. Kids who engage in organised physical activity at a young age are less likely to have emotional difficulties later in life, says a study.

Besides keeping children from being sedentary, physical activities such as structured sports have the potential to be enriching, both physically and mentally, said the study, published in the journal Pediatric Research.

“The elementary school years are a critical time in child development, and every parent wants to raise a well-adjusted child,” said study lead author Frederic N. Briere, Professor at the University of Montreal in Canada.

For the study, the researchers took data from a cohort of children born in 1997 or 1998. They examined whether consistent participation in organised sport from ages six to 10 would minimize risks associated with emotional distress, anxiety, shyness, and social withdrawal at age 12.

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Women’s sports (Representational image). Pixabay

“The results revealed that children who participated consistently from ages six to 10 showed fewer instances of those factors at age 12 than their counterparts who did not engage in physical activity in a consistent way,” said Briere.

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“Getting kids actively involved in organised sport seems to promote global development. This involvement appears to be good on a socio-emotional level and not just because of physical benefits,” he added.

Being less emotionally distressed at the juncture between elementary and high school is a priceless benefit for children as they are about to enter a much larger universe with bigger academic challenges, said the researcher. (IANS)