Marzana Akter injured her legs in 2015 when she fell off a tree, and has been unable to walk since then. She has to move around in a wheelchair now, but her dreams are much bigger than her condition. She is now first year student of Bangladesh Health Profession Institute (BHPI).
Marzana Akter, who is captain of Bangladesh Wheelchair Basketball team, said she never knew that a wheelchair could bring her a chance at a new beginning in her life.
A 10-member team led by Marzana will go to Thailand’s Suphan Buri for seven days training, which will be arranged by International Women Basketball Federation. At list 12 countries of Asia and Oceania zone will take part at the training camp. The camp will be held at the Thailand National Paralympic Training Centre in Suphan Buri from 24th to 30th March 2019. It will be the team’s first tour outside the country where they will undergo a training programme, sponsored by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Bangladesh and Biman Bangladesh Airline.
The captain said that the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), a non-government organisation working for people with physical disabilities, enabled her to learn Basketball.
“As a differently-abled person, I didn’t think I would become a player and represent my country, said Marzina.
“This training will help us to learn new thing. It will help us to become a good player, said Shakila Khatun, a player of Wheelchair Basketball Team, who had her both legs injured after falling off a tree in 2011 while she was an HSC student.
The CRP has played a major role in getting them back into contributing to society through sports and the organisations executive director Maj Gen (retd) Shafiq-ul Islam told The Daily Star that the example set by these women will encourage others. “We want the government as well as the society to come forward to support them,” he said.