Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has announced that the State government would award Rs. 5 lakh as special prize to State players who make it to the national team for the first ever Cricket World Cup for the visually impaired, to be held in Bangalore from December 1 to 10.
Inaugurating the national T20 cricket tournament for the visually impaired, organised by the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled in association with others, here on Sunday, Mr. Shettar said the players representing the State would also get jobs in the government sector if the Indian team clinches the world title.
The government, he said, was committed towards promoting sports in the State with special focus on sportspersons with disabilities. Hailing efforts towards organising the international T20 cricket for the visually impaired, the first of its kind in world, he said the government would extend all possible help to make the event a success.
He encouraged the players to work hard and aim to make it to the national team.
Referring to the youth policy, he said it would not only give impetus to sports in the State, but also give the youth here a platform to excel. The policy is expected to be implemented shortly, he said.
Earlier, the trust members submitted a memorandum to Mr. Shettar demanding security for foreign nationals participating in the international T20 cricket tourney.