Sachin plans ramps at stadia for disabled kids

Published: Friday, July 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Impressed by the cricketing skills of a differently abled child, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar discussed his plans for building ramps at international stadia to help physically challenged kids watch big matches.

While members of the Indian cricket team spent an interactive evening with the 'special' children of Sakthi Foundation in Chennai, Tendulkar reminisced how a physically challenged boy came and asked to play cricket with him, with his bat when he was practising.

"He batted fantastically. Cricket is one of the most followed game in the country. Every one wants to play and be part of it," he said.

"And I got this idea of approaching various cricket associations. To start with Mumbai, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu cricket associations for building a ramp for physically challenged kids and they graciously agreed to that.

Tendulkar said this stadia will also allow children of the foundation to watch international matches free-of-cost in Chennai.

"This is happening for the first time in India and 15 kids from this foundation would be accommodated for each match that were to be played on these three grounds," he revealed.

The little master thanked N Srinivasan, president Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and chairman, finance committee of the Board, who took a lot of interest in the proposal.

"I am sure that we are in the right direction towards this noble cause. On behalf of Indian cricket team I would like to assure the kids that our support will always be with you," he said.

Anil Kumble, who is associated with the foundation for last seven years, appreciated Tendulkar for taking initiative to help these special children.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly and his deputy Rahul Dravid also extended their support to the children in every possible way.

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