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    Empowering The Differently-Abled: Kiren Rijiju, Bhaichung Bhutia Flag-Off ‘OP-Blue Freedom’

    The dive sessions will be kept open from August 22nd, 2019 to August 25th, 2019 from 9am-5pm

    In yet another inspirational move, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and football legend Bhaichung Bhutia on August 21st, 2019 flagged off the Delhi-NCR leg of ‘OP-Blue Freedom’–a high-end adventure sports survival training and self-defence programme for people with disabilities as well as able bodied persons.

    As a flag-off dive the ever-so-active Minister and the former football captain was seen donning the swimming attire and hitting the pool equally with nine disabled persons. They dived with the team as per the briefing by the instructors.

    Both Kiren Rijiju and Bhaichung Bhutia had started the nation-wide adaptive scuba diving programme clubbed with armed forces veterans, including from the elite special forces of Para regiment and MARCO. ‘Op-Blue Freedom’ is a part of the parent project — Special Forces Adventures (SFA).

    “I feel happy to be a part of this closed water Op-Blue Freedom dive today with the team SFA. As I intend to create awareness about adventure sports amidst the abled and disabled souls of this nation. These sorts of activities certainly spike up human morale and self-esteem overall to make them feel self-sufficient,” Rijiju was quoted as saying.

    ‘OP-Blue Freedom’ is a multi-city project planned to be launched across India. It was first launched in Chandigarh in July this year and the team yesterday made its leg  at the SPM Swimming Pool Complex in Talkatora Garden, Delhi.

    As reported the dive sessions will be kept open from August 22nd, 2019 to August 25th, 2019 from 9am-5pm under strict supervision of instructors holding decade long years of experience.

    Photo Credit: Prakash Adhikari

    Guwahati | Edited By: Vairabi Rajbonshi


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