In a first of its kind in North Bengal, a cricket tournament for visually-impaired players was orgsed in Siliguri on Sunday.
The day-long knock-out tournament was orgsed by Uttarer Dishari, a voluntary orgsation at Dabgram Maidan in the town. Four teams North Bengal took part in this tournament.
The aim behind orgsing the tournament was to encourage visually-impaired players and boost their morals so that they can also make a career in sports.
Speaking to , Govind Bhaivab, a member of Uttarer Dishari said, "Public has given a good response to it and some NGOs have also supported us. Blinds do not lag behind in potential, they can do anything as a normal being."
"We have orgsed this tournament to encourage them and also to spread awareness among the society. It also creates a chance for the players to enroll their name in the state-level team," he added.
Much enthusiasm was observed among players and they demanded more such tournaments to take place in the state.
"We are very happy because there was no awareness and we want such tournaments to take place in the other parts of the state," Biswanath Murmu, a participant from Bhimbar Blind school told .
Madan Bhattacharya, a spectator from Siliguri said he never saw this kind of tournament for the blinds. "They can do anything like playing a cricket match. We should all support them to make their future bright," said Bhattacharya.
( With inputs from ANI )
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