Mumbai to host Special Olympics Cricket Cup

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Afghanistan and Nepal along with traditional cricketing hubs like England, Pakistan and Australia will participate in the inaugural Special Olympics International Cricket Cup tournament scheduled to be held in Mumbai from November 6-13 this year.

As many as 272 intellectually disabled players from 17 teams -- 12 male, three female and two mixed -- will represent 12 nations -- India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, England, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, West Indies and Zimbabwe -- in the event to be played at Oval Grounds and CCI Grounds.

Some of the big names from the world of sports, including ace marksman Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former cricket captain Kapil Dev and athletic star Carl Lewis, have pledged their support for the Special Olympics movement.

Rathore, one of the Special Olympics Brand Ambassador, advocated more exposure to the intellectually disabled people.

''These people should be a source of inspiration to all of us.

For despite the odds and their hardships, they still have the courage to stand up and overcome the difficulties,'' Rathore said at a formal announcement of the cricket tournament here last night.

''It is a special feeling to be a part of the (Special Olympics) movement. It not only supports these people but also instills self-respect in them by providing them opportunity to compete.'' The Olympic silver medallist also called on corporates to come forward and bring in resources for the organisation of such events

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