Government affirms support to cricket for blind

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Sunday affirmed the government’s support to promote cricket for the blind in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of the second World T-20 Cricket for Blind Championship organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) here, he said the government will consider a suggestion from CABI to grant it recognition so that events related to blind cricketers get financial assistance from the government.

Goel said the government has positive attitude towards Cricket for Blind and recently Shekhar Naik, a blind cricketer, was honoured with Padma Shri on the eve of the Republic day.

He said the organisation of 2nd T-20 World Cup in India itself shows the government’s all-inclusive policy to all sections of the society and its keenness to provide equal opportunities to blind cricketers to prove their talent.

Wishing best to all the 10 participating nations, including India, in the 2nd World T20 Cricket for Blind championship, the Sports Minister said the day is not far off when cricket for blind will strengthen further its recognition professionally and attract more and more support from all important stakeholders.

–IANS

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