Gaya, BIHAR :
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Farasat Hussain was honoured at a special function today.
Sports and culture minister Renu Devi felicitated Dr Hussain at the function organised to honour people associated with sports.
Dr Hussain, national president of Sports Medicine Association of India, received the honour for his contribution in the field of sports medicine and for promoting sports among physically challenged persons, including polio patients. Other members of sports fraternity were also felicitated at the function organised at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna. Renu Devi came on behalf of chief minister Nitish Kumar, who, due to some reason could not attend the function.
Dr Hussain has represented India at several international conferences on sports medicine at Muscat, Darussalam (Brunei), Bangkok (Thailand), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Tehran (Iran). Presently, he is associated with the Commonwealth Games.
Dr Hussain is also associated with Arpan, a Gaya-based organisation for physically challenged persons. He has motivated boys and girls in Magadh division to overcome their challenges and turn them into opportunities to participate in activities as equal partners in society.
Krishna Murari is one such member of Arpan. Encouraged by Dr Hussain, he represented India recently at the sitting volleyball competition held in the USA.
Dozens of other Arpan members have also made it to several national level sporting events, including cricket and cycling.
An expert in corrective surgery, Dr Farasat Hussain has operated on nearly 3,000 polio-affected children in different areas of Magadh division over the years.
President of a Gaya-based orphanage, Dr Hussain has also been associated with several other social, professional and charitable organisations, including Red Cross, IMA, Lions Club and Gaya District Sports Association.
Dr Hussain, after being honoured, told The Telegraph he would be continue on his mission to promote sports medicine for the larger benefit of the sporting community and would encourage physically challenged persons to find new meaning in their life through games and sport. Games, he believes, are the best levellers in society.
“This honour has given me a fresh impetus to carry forward my work. I hope that now the government will take more initiatives to promote sports among the physically challenged persons and give them jobs,” Dr Hussain said.
source: http://www.telegraphindia.com / The Telegraph, Calcutta, India / Front Page> Bihar> Story / by Farhana Kalam / Monday – August 30th, 2010