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Sportsmanship: Visually challenged persons in action at the State-level cricket tournament in Chitradurga on Thursday.
Sportsmanship: Visually challenged persons in action at the State-level cricket tournament in Chitradurga on Thursday.

Firoz Rozindar

State-level cricket tournament for visually impaired begins in Chitradurga

Chitradurga: “I scored 94 runs and remained unbeaten in the State-level tournament held in Shimoga and in national-level tournament held in Kanpur, I took four wickets by giving away only 12 runs in five overs,” declares P.V. Gangadhar proudly.

Representing Bangalore, Gangadhar is among the players of eight teams who are participating in State-level cricket tournament for visually impaired, which commenced here on Thursday.

With 80 per cent blindness, he claims that he is an all-rounder. However, he shows an inclination towards batting.

Undergoing Industrial Training Institute (ITI) course in Bangalore, Gangadhar who is playing cricket since 1998, wished to carve a niche for himself in the game. Stating that Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are his inspiration, he wants to play for India in the international level cricket for visually impaired.

Chitradurga is hosting the State-level tournament “Teekshna cup” for the first time. The event has been organised by the city-based Teekshna School for theBlind.

Founder of the school, Srinivas, who visually impaired, has taken this initiative to hold the event here.

Though the tournament which was being held at city’s Old Middle School Grounds did not attract a large crowd, the excitement and enthusiasm among the participants was not dampened.

Before the commencement of the match, the participants waited for the inauguration function to be over as several prominent leaders of the district addressed the programme. The announcement of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Goolihatti Shekhar of donating Rs. 2 lakh for the tournament sent cheers among the participants.

Clad in tracksuits, the first match was played between Bangalore and Gadag.

The commentators were giving minute-by-minute details to the visually challenged participants, who were cheering the players in the absence of spectators.

Three-day tournament will conclude on Saturday. It will be attended by Social Welfare Minister D. Sudhakar who will give away the awards.

The winning team will be given Rs. 10,000 while the runners up will get Rs. 5,000, according to the organisers.

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