For a first, Kolkata hosts tri-nation T20 wheelchair cricket

Must read

Kolkata: At a time, when Indian cricket lovers are engrossed with their favourite Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, several para-sports organizations have come together to organize a Tri-nation wheelchair cricket tournament in the city of Kolkata.

With the aim of including people with disabilities in the field of popular sports, Wheelchair Cricket of India (WCI) along with Para Sports Foundation (PSF), Aciesta Sports Alliance and Kolkata-based organisation Civilian Welfare Foundation (CWF) is organising an International T20 Tri- series Cricket Tournament in Kolkata.

The 3-day cricket extravaganza will see cricket players from Nepal, Bangladesh and India clash at the NKDA Stadium, New Town. The mega event will kick off from April 26 and the finale will be on April 28.

Former sports and transport minister Madan Mitra addressed the press conference at 5 Mad Men, a gastro sports pub, determined to make a difference to the common definitive idea of sports and to promote para-sports and help para-athletes deserve their rightful accolades.

Mitra was very enthusiastic at the press conference. He said, “Kolkata is a sports crazy city so is pro-sports. And something as innovative as wheelchair cricket must be organised in the city so that people get to know about it.”

CWF, a non-profit organization, working for the betterment of para-athletes in the national and international area, is working toward eradicating the common belief that wheelchair-bound people cannot actively participate in something as engrossing as sports. “But people with other disabilities are participating in sports. So we thought of organising this mega international event, to build their confidence,” said Shuvojit Moulik, president of CWF.

Pradeep Raj, president of PSF, a social voluntary organisation involved in organising and promotion of para-sports said that Bengal lacks para-sporting talent. “The decision was taken to organise the event so that people get to know about para-sports, particularly wheelchair cricket. We have organised wheelchair cricket not only in India but in foreign shores as well,” he said.

He also mentioned that there is little to no enthusiasm in para-sports in eastern and northeastern India. There are no players from Bengal in the tournament this time. But Abhay Pratap Singh, CEO of WCI hopes that in the next tournament there would be players from Bengal.

So get set to cheer the talented para-sportsmen!


- Advertisement -

Editor's choice


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

अहमद पटेल: गांधी परिवार के बाद कांग्रेस का सबसे ताक़तवर शख़्स

अहमद पटेल कांग्रेस में हमेशा संगठन के आदमी माने गए. वे पहली बार चर्चा में तब आए थे जब 1985 में राजीव गांधी ने...

Around the country on a bike

For some, life begins after retirement. There is even a desire to live life dangerously by throwing oneself out of one’s comfort zone. It...

Open letter To The Prime Minister From Public Health Experts On Why India Needs To Rethink Its Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy

Dear Shri Modi: This letter is essentially to suggest that aiming to vaccinate all the citizens against the SARS-COV-2 disease is not a sound, rational,...

An Open Letter to Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar

Dear Nitish ji, Big congratulations for taking the oath as the Chief Minister for the seventh time—it’s a rare feat that few leaders have achieved....

No medical aid in case of emergency for Quest Mall visitors and working professionals

Kolkata: A week after the death of Md. Shabbir, a 34-year-old employee of Samsonite India, the Quest Mall authorities could only come up with...