Rana inaugurates 2-Day Triangular Cricket Tournament for Blind

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, July 14: Lauding the resilience and fortitude of visually impaired cricketers and their love for the game, Provincial President National Conference Mr Devender Singh Rana on Saturday expressed his delight to be witness to an event that will have lasting impact on him and the sports lovers of Jammu and inspire them to brave odds for achieving excellence.
“Seeing is believing”, Mr Rana said while inaugurating the historic and probably first ever two-day Triangular Cricket Tournament for Blind at Gulshan Ground here this morning, adding that it is the most happiest and proudest moment for him to be amid brave players, which he will cherish all his life.
Organised by the National Federation of Blind, J&K Chapter, the tournament will witness visually impaired players from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and the host Jammu and Kashmir making their tryst with ball and the willow.
Mr Rana said that one such event is precious than many other sports tourneys that will turn out to be inspiring for the budding players of the temple city and its peripheries. He said the players moving around the pitch will signal hope for thousands of physically challenged young people, who he expressed confidence, will find purpose in living and contributing by abundant talent each one of them possessed in varied fields.
He said the physical imparity is not any curse given the strength to meet it boldly. “That is what the players are going to showcase in today’s event”, he said.
Mr Rana expressed his gratitude to the organizers for bestowing him great honour of inaugurating this historic two day event and assured that he will feel equally privileged for doing anything for the young players.
The opening match was played between the host Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab teams. The players showed their immense talent in every field of the game. The cricket lovers applauded every delivery bowled, hit and fielded by the young visually impaired crickets. It was a unique event which received unprecedented applause by the fans of the game.
The Convenor of National Federation of Blind, J&K Chapter Mr Mohinder K Badyal introduced the cricketers to the chief guest.
Prominent among those present were Naveen Alabit, Balvinder Singh and Social Welfare Officer, Jammu.