Paralympics champion Popow to conduct clinic in India

Mumbai, Nov 26 (IANS) Paralympics gold medallist sprinter Heinrich Popow of Germany will be conducting the first ever running clinic for people with disabilities in India, which will begin here on World Disability Day on December 3.

The clinic has over 12 participants from varied backgrounds and places, who will come here for the three-day session.

At the Paralympics 2012 in London, Popow won Gold in 100 metres sprint. In addition, he is the reigning World and European Champion in 100 metres sprint and reigning World Champion in long jump. In total, he won 27 medals at the Paralympic Games, World and European Championships

The Running Clinics are conducted by Ottobock across the globe in different countries with an aim of educating and empowering people with physical mobility limitations about how they too can lead an active life.

The company’s brand ambassador, Heinrich Popow personally conducts these clinics based on the challenges he faced early-on and techniques he has used to overcome the same.

In the sessions, Heinrich will elaborate about the mindset and challenges people with limitations mobility challenges face, based on his own life story.

He will also conduct training sessions, educating the participants about blade fittings, fitness activities, usage of prostheses and how to manage aches and pains.

The running session will also include a cricket match in which Heinrich and the participants will play as well as a run on Marine Drive here.

Speaking about the Running Clinic, Bernard O’Keeffe, Clinical Prosthetist and Managing Director Strategic Business Director, Southern Asia – Ottobock HealthCare said: “We have been closely associated with people with limited mobility and know first-hand the challenges that they face.

“Our Running Clinic with Heinrich Popow starting on Disability Day is meant to showcase to people with physical disabilities that like Heinrich, they too can lead an active lifestyle.”

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