[ti:Sudanese-American Player Promotes Wheelchair Basketball][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:00.04]Wheelchair basketball is becoming more popular in South Sudan.[00:05.88]The sport offers hope for athletes with disabilities.[00:11.72]Some lost their legs from unexploded bombs left from decades of conflict.[00:20.28]U.S. professional wheelchair basketball players recently helped 80 South Sudanese players[00:27.72]in a week-long training program and competition.[00:32.16]Among them was Malat Wei, a Sudanese-American wheelchair athlete.[00:38.52]Wei was three years old and living in South Sudan[00:44.16]when he lost the use of his legs to the polio disease.[00:49.04]Wei lived in a refugee camp for several years.[00:53.88]When he was 12, his family moved to the United States.[00:59.72]He later played wheelchair basketball at the University of Arizona.[01:06.48]In December, he returned to South Sudan as a role model for other disabled athletes.[01:15.28]"I went through the same situation that these athletes are going through.[01:19.76]So as for me coming back, it's a hope for them saying that[01:26.12]there is someone that actually cares about us."[01:28.08]Wei helped train 80 South Sudanese wheelchair basketball players[01:34.96]for a two-day competition in Juba.[01:39.20]The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)[01:42.28]and the South Sudan Wheelchair Basketball Association organized the training.[01:49.88]Wei says that in two years,[01:52.56]the number of wheelchair basketball players in the country has more than doubled.[01:58.36]In 2019, 15 women were included for the first time.[02:05.56]Anna Doki Gabriel had never played basketball before.[02:10.64]She told VOA, "For me as a person in a wheelchair,[02:16.12]basketball has really made me feel that we can do something just like able-bodied people."[02:23.20]South Sudan has more than 1.2 million people with disabilities.[02:30.32]Jess Markt is the disability and inclusion adviser for the ICRC.[02:37.44]He has trained wheelchair teams in Afghanistan, the Middle East and South America.[02:45.72]He says the training helps to change harmful opinions people may have about those with disabilities.[02:55.40]"Once they start to have that confidence in themselves and they start to realize that[02:59.80]maybe what they've always been told about what their place in society should be[03:04.24]is not what their place in society should be;[03:06.36]they should expect more from themselves and from the society around them."[03:10.00]Wei says inclusion and acceptance is not the only thing the athletes learn.[03:18.00]"These athletes, they're all from different tribes, from different backgrounds.[03:23.64]But when they come to the basketball court,[03:26.04]the sport just brings this joy of all the South Sudanese uniting together[03:33.60]and to collaborate and to work together as one country."[03:39.24]I'm Jonathan Evans. 更多听力请访问shang05.com