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Partially Sighted Man Competes with Normal People
    2008-09-21 16:44:46     Xinhua
"Except sighting problems, I am more than normal," Abdul Quader Sumon, a partially sighted sprinter and the only Bangladesh athlete who participated in Beijing Paralympics, said on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua news agency about his recent visit to China, Sumon, a second-year student in Dhaka University, said, "The days during Beijing Paralympics will be lifetime memory for me. It has created history in my life."

Sumon, 20, champion in both male 100-meter and long jump in the national competition in Bangladesh ahead of Beijing Paralympics, competed in male 100-meter in Beijing Paralympics by wild card.

"He has also done very well in his study. He competed with normal students and got the admission to Dhaka University, the best one of our country," said Md. Maksudur Rahman, Secretary General of the National Paralympic Committee of Bangladesh (NPC) when talking with Xinhua.

Born with sighting problems, Sumon has been studying with normal students since middle school using Braille system, while junior students will be selected to help him to write down the answers in various exams.

"He conquered everything and even now he does well in his class with B plus among 170 students," said Maksudur.

"Sumon was trained for six months ahead of the Beijing Paralympics. He used to get up very early everyday to Dhaka University Gymnasium for training and then went back for classes," said Maksudur.

Sumon said he didn't perform very well due to problems with the track shoes in the Beijing Paralympics but he really enjoyed the days in Beijing.

"I made friends with Chinese volunteers. Sam and Ya Xin are my best friends," Sumon was getting exited when talking about his volunteers friends. "I love China," he said in Chinese language, adding that he learnt many Chinese phrases and sentences from his friends.

"Wherever we go, there were volunteers ready to help us. They are so beautiful, "said Sumon, though he couldn't see their faces clearly.

Sumon, also the second Bangladesh who ever competed in Paralympics games, said, "I am also looking forward to competing in the London Paralympics in 2012."

He also dreams of being a teacher or a government employee after graduation.
 
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