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Afghanistan: wheelchair basketball tournament

03-12-2012

A wheelchair basketball tournament held in Kabul in June 2012 brought together players from Mazar-i Sharif, Kabul, Herat and Maimana. The ICRC organized the event, in close collaboration with the Afghan Para-Olympic Committee.This tournament is part of the ICRC’s long-running effort to promote the social reintegration of people with disabilities. The wheelchair basketball programme started in 2010, when US basketball player and trainer Jess Markt came to work with the players. As well as hearing from Jess and the players, we hear from Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan, about how basketball is improving patients' physical and mental health.