Kumble to ~~bowl out~~ polio virus

Published: Thursday, May 6, 2004, 21:16 [IST]
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Bangalore :Ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Thursday has again sought to bat in the fight to eradicate polio and called for "bowling out" the virus completely.

At a press meet organised by the UNICEF, the 33-year-old bowler commented: "We cannot win the (cricket) match till the last man is bowled out. We can't rest till we achieve zero incidence of polio".

A special pulse polio round is to be held in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on May 9, and Kumble said he would get his child immunised on that day at a booth.

The roping in of Kumble in polio eradication initiative is an attempt to give more visibility to the campaign. In September last year, he also had a similar role in efforts to enhance awareness.

According to Leonard De Vos, state representative, UNICEF office of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, polio virus cases in India have come down from 1,934 in 1998 to 225 last year.

So far this year (till April 24), there were only eight such cases in India, including one in Karnataka, where 36 cases were reported in the year 2003.

Kumble, the 84-Test veteran, released the polio eradication television messages in Kannada by matinee idol Rajkumar and in Telugu by megastar Chrinajeevi.

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