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Table tennis project launched for disabled in Nepal

All Headlines 17:01 April 11, 2016

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, a U.N. sports office and the international federation for table tennis launched a sports project for the physically challenged in Nepal, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The "NepAll" project, a table tennis program for the Nepalese with disabilities was launched on Wednesday. The South Korean government and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will finance the project, with the U.N. Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) overseeing it, the ministry said in a press release.

Under the project, table tennis classes will be offered for the disabled in six locations in Nepal over the next three years. Some 400 people are expected to participate in the program designed to facilitate the physical and psychological rehabilitation of those who became disabled in the wake of a massive earthquake that struck the nation a year ago.

Attending the ceremony marking the launch of the project in Nepal was U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke and ITTF President Thomas Weikert.

Also among the participants were Ma Young-sam, the co-chair of the U.N. International Working Group on Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Choe Yong-jin, Korea's ambassador to Nepal.

"We were saddened to see that many damages occurred due to the massive earthquake," Choe said in his congratulatory speech. "We hope the project would serve as an opportunity for the Nepalese to rise up again."

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