Kudakwashe Chikwenje, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWEAN table tennis star Moses Shoriwa is set to participate in Trisomy games of children with Down Syndrome next month in Turkey.
Moses raised the Zimbabwean flag high last year in August when he competed in the European Open Championship for Athletes with Down Syndrome in Tampere, Finland where he finished fourth.
He also did well last November in South Africa when he competed for honors in table tennis in the CSIR Championship for players with Down Syndrome.
Despite his condition, which halts growth of the body, Moses also does swimming.
In an interview with H-Metro Mrs Noreen Shoriwa, said black people are not concerned about the disabled people.
“Do you know black people are not concerned about the disabled people in this world?
“Alick Macheso said in one of his songs that of ten things you try, you will get one thing,” said Noreen Shoriwa, Moses’ mother.
“Raising a child with disability in our society is very hard, people take time to accept and for Moses it was hard for him to merge with society, but as a parent you do not give up easily despite the challenges because disability does not mean inability.
“As long as he has hands, legs for walking and has a brain that functions like others nothing can stop him from doing what other children are doing.
“As long as he has hands, legs for walking and has a brain that functions like others nothing can stop him from doing what other children are doing,” said Mrs Shoriwa.
Mrs Shoriwa also encouraged parents with children living with disabilities to fully support them.
“I would like to thank the Almighty for the blessings he has given me through Moses, we discovered that he was not performing well in his academics but with sport he is proving to be doing well and that is talent which God has gave him.
“I would like to urge parents who have children born with disabilities that disability does not mean inability, they have special talents which they have and it’s our duty to mould those talents,” said Mrs Shoriwa.