One day the writer of the article received an interesting call: Gyula Nagy, the advisor of the Nem adom fel (I don’t give up) charity invited him to see how his friends paraboxed. What sounded as a joke at first, turned out to be something spectacular.
If you Google search paraboxing, among others you’ll find thrilling videos of disabled people tied to wheelchairs boxing. Could this be true? In case the answer is yes, could it be prohibited in Hungary?
The journalist decided to visit the Box Academy, found in the 14th district of Budapest, where most of the trainings are held by Attila Kathi. Upon arriving, he noticed some blind and partially-sighted boys and girls, but he had no clue that they could be the boxers. He only realised this when they entered the hall.
He was wondering how these boys were going to box.
They changed into sports clothes and came out of the locker room holding onto each other’s shoulders. They warmed up, then Attila led them to the punching bags where they started the real training. What the journalist saw was incredible: the blind and partially-sighted young adults were boxing with such enthusiasm that rarely characterises sighted athletes.
Then came László Simon V, who embraced the whole project. He revved up the training and took the guys into the ring, where they continued to box as if they were champions.
It was one of the blind guys, Gyula, who came up with the idea to move visually impaired people, who tend to stay in the safety zone, out of their homes. He talked to Géza Dely, the president of the charity, about his idea. The president then called László Simon V, who called Attila Kathi. This is how the initiation was launched and the trainings started in the end of spring.
Meanwhile, the development of a headgear that releases noise started, so that it could help blind boxers in locating their opponent.
László Simon V believes that this is a very important initiation, which proves that boxing is for everyone. Disabilities, religious views, skin colour, sexual identity etc. don’t matter, because boxing can be just as uplifting for blind people as for anyone else.
The members of the small team take their task very seriously, they are determined to succeed. And they are the living examples of the charity’s message: never give up!
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