The Nagaland Paralympic was inaugurated at Vidhya Bhawan Higher Secondary School, Nagarjan, Dimapur on 23 August 2022 with State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Diethono Nakhro, as the special guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Diethono Nakhro said that only a few disciplines are being conducted this year but hoped that it will continue bigger and stronger in the years to come. There is so much potential in sports for the youth with disabilities and the vision is to design and enable them to excel in a sporting arena across the globe, she stated.
She also noted that every citizen with disability should have the same opportunity to live life to the fullest and chase their dream and lift up their potential. Sports can transform the lives of the people and the community she said further stating that we have only just started to adapt to the impact it can have. She thanked the Nagaland para sports community, Indian Blind, Para sports Judo Association and Nagaland Olympic Association among others. She lauded young athletes with disability because in sports they can embrace their disability to find strangeness and power with the possibility that lies within themselves and this example gives others the courage to persuade their hopes and dreams not just in sports but in life as well.
Nagaland Paralympic SON (Special Olympic Association) was established in 2009 and has organized district games and Community Coach training programs in 11 districts till 2018. SON has also participated in the five National Games and several National Championship and National Winter Games. In December 2013, four athletes and a Coach participated in the Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle Australia, in which they won one gold and two silvers. Altogether SON has 37 members.