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Nagpur holds cricket tournament for visually challenged    2007-12-17 08:29:02    

Nagpur, Dec 17 : In an effort to develop the sporting skills of the visually challenged children, the 'Ninth National Inter-school Cricket Tournament' was organised here.
In an effort to develop the sporting skills of the visually challenged children, the 'Ninth National Inter-school Cricket Tournament' was organised here.

The 'National Visually Challenge Education and Rehabilitation Association' (NVCERA) had organised the tournament to promote physical activities among the visually challenged children.

The Association aims to encourage and help the visually challenged cricketers to graduate for International level sports and assist them in their mental and physical development.

L.H. Khapekar, Secretary, (NVCERA) said, "This is the 9th year that we've been successfully organizing cricket tournaments for these children. We realize that it is very important to help these children grow mentally as well as physically."

He added that he feels proud to see players like Dilip Munde as a member of the 'Indian Blind Cricket Team'. Munde was once among the participant of the 'National Interschool Cricket Tournament'.

Nitin Bharaskar, a participant, said, "This is my first year in this game. At first, I was given a chance to play only during the practice sessions. The organisers saw my bowling and they liked it. That is how I got selected in the team."

Despite being visually challenged, these children showed great enthusiasm for the game, turning the tournament into yet another success.

All the initial matches were played for eight overs, while the final match had 12 overs.

The 'Gyanjyoti Sewa Kendra Vidyalaya School' of Nagpur was the winner of the tournament.

The three-day tournament commenced on Friday with eight teams from seven different cities. (ANI)
© 2007 ANI

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