Sports play a unique role in Congress 60. If sports are used properly in the issues of treatment and recovery, it could produce tremendous results. However, when implemented incautiously, it might bring more harm than good. Maybe it is for this specific reason that sports have yet to be accepted as instrumental factors in treatment and recovery of drug addiction.
We realized its importance in Congress 60 through practical experience. We found out that with proper approach and suitable sports, we can take positive steps toward the recovery process. Therefore, we had to consider various types of sports and physical exercises so that each addict depending on his or her desire, ability, and interest could participate in them. This project began with light sports such as darts and evolved to full contact sports like rugby. In fact, we believe the most efficient way to conduct sports and physical activity as a beneficial factor in addiction recovery is the gradual approach, with light activity in the beginning and full force after successful treatment and in recovery.
Drug addiction shrinks the body, introverts the knees, slumps the shoulders and neck, and pales the skin complexion. Physical exercise and sports uproot the posture, prevent obesity, boost the opioid production within the body such as Dopamine and Endorphins, fill up the free time positively, enlighten the face and spirit of the individual and give a high motivation for life and living.
It should be mentioned that we do not have a lot of support or facilities to conduct our sports program yet. We gather on weekends in a large park, and everyone stays busy with their own physical workout. Maybe it is hard to believe that our soccer players have to play on hard asphalt, darts are conducted between the trees, and chess is played on park benches. Of course, due to the great improvement that our rugby and archery teams have had so far, they practice and compete in suitable stadiums, along with an Olympic size pool for our swimmers. We started with the poorest level of facilities and gradually, things improved. For instance, the current coaches of our rugby and archery teams have previously managed the national teams.
Currently, 14 different types of sports are available for our members to engage in. Also several annual sports competitions and games such as Golden Eagle Olympics are conducted throughout the year. There are several sporting events in these competitions, with more than one thousand athletes and their families participating. Last year, 24 football teams, 20 volleyball teams, 30 teams in tug of war, 200 players for table tennis, two rugby teams, 50 swimmers, and 80 archers participated in the games. Of course, these numbers increases each year. They are conducted from November until June and they end on World Anti-narcotics Day. Once these competitions are over, there are other games available for athletes such as Sardar cup, Raad cup, and White Eagle cup, with cash prizes for the winners.
Written by: Traveler Keyhan