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S. Korean minister vows to expand sports facilities for disabled people

All Headlines 15:55 March 08, 2018

SOKCHO, South Korea, March 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean sports minister Do Jong-hwan said Thursday that the government will try to expand sporting facilities accessible to people with impairments.

Do said during the PyeongChang Paralympics International Conference on Disability Rights that the government seeks at least 500,000 people with disabilities to participate in daily sports activities. The government estimates some 300,000 disabled people enjoy playing sports.

"We plan to use 14.9 billion won (US$13.92 million) this year to refurbish existing sporting facilities, so that people with impairments can also use them," Do said during the conference in Sokcho, Gangwon Province.

"Even if we completed nine new sporting facilities for the disabled, we only have 11 in the country. I hope we can have a society where there's at least one sporting facility for the disabled in each village."

Do said the government also plans to have more "barrier-free" recreational facilities that are accessible to the disabled. He emphasized that the Moon Jae-in administration is working hard to break the wall between abled and disabled people.

"We will secure budget for the disabled and will prepare sports trainers for the disabled, which should number at least 1,000," he said. "We are working hard to have a society in which abled and disabled people can play together and live equally."

South Korean sports minister Do Jong-hwan speaks at the PyeongChang Paralymipcs International Conference on Disability Rights at a resort in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, on March 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

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