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When sports and inclusion won

India and Bangladesh National Cricket team of persons with physical disability playing T20 cricket and a young boy wearing Tshirt with CBM Logo watch the match
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Participation of persons with disabilities in sports is an important means of ensuring full participation and creating equal opportunities. There is, however, need for support and recognition.
The weather condition was perfect for the game of cricket, with a clear sky and gentle breeze, as the T20 teams from India and Bangladesh went into the finals of the 3rd International Cricket Series for the CBM Cup at the Birsa Agricultural University Sports Ground, Ranchi, on November 15.

The arch rivals have clashed twice already with Bangladesh having bagged the golden trophy last year to emerge as the champion. With a small but very enthusiastic home crowd by its side, the India team wanted to claim the championship titled, but the visitors from Bangladesh were not ready to make that easy for the hosts.

Inclusion through sports

As many opportunistic spectators who walked on to the ground attracted by all the noise and vibrant commentary were a little surprised to discover that teams constituted of persons with physical or orthopedic disabilities. Their surprise, however, gave way to admiration as the batsmen hit lofted drives and pacers bowled at speeds that rivaled the mainstream teams. The crowd grew steadily over the evening with students and volunteers poured in with the Indian tricolor and not willing to be left behind the Bangladesh contingent matched it in spirit waving their national flag.

2016 has been a remarkable year for sportspersons with disabilities with an extraordinary performance by the Indian contingent in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. With just a 19-member team, the Indian Paralympians bagged four medals. Their performance stood in sharp contrast to a relatively disappointing run that India had in the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro.

Inclusion through sports is one of the areas CBM India supports for meaningful and full participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life. It is with this approach that CBM has been supporting the series that are held annually in Ranchi.

Bangladesh won the cliffhanger of a match through the super over due to a tie at 148 runs in the very last over with India batting second. The match saw participation and sponsorship from corporates and senior officials. Dr. Louis Marandi, Minister Minority Welfare, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Government of Jharkhand, was the Chief Guest.
CBM's association with the promotion of inclusive sports goes back to 1978 when it supported a course on physical education for the blind in collaboration with YMCA College of Physical Education, Chennai. Thus opening the doors for training for people with vision impairment.
 
Some of the initiatives supported and organised over the years:
  • National level Cricket for the Blind, Coimbatore
  • World Cup Cricket for the Blind, Bangalore
  • India Pakistan Cricket Series for the Blind, Chennai
  • India-Australia T20 series, Bangalore
  • National level Volley Ball for the persons with Physical Disability, Bangalore
  • State Level Cricket for the Hearing impaired, Coimbatore
Sports events supported by CBM in the year 2015
  • National Level Judo for the persons with Visual Impairment and Hearing impairment, Panjami, Goa
  • National level Wheel Chair Badminton for the Dwarf and persons with physical disability, Bangalore 
  • Oxygen T20 International Cricket between India and Srilanka for the physical disability, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  • 5th National Standing Volley Ball for the Persons with Physical Disability, Bangalore

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