Bengaluru to play host to national blind football tournament
Bengaluru-based Snehadeep Trust will host a national-level blind football tournament starting Friday. Players from across India are expected to participate in this event.
Male and female footballers from across India will show their moves at the 2nd edition of Invitational All India blind football tournament that will be held in Bengaluru for three days starting 28 June.
The event is being hosted by the NGO Snehadeep Trust. NGO founder Paul Muddha believes that disabled people should be given as many opportunities as possible to showcase their abilities in different fields.
The tournament is for providing a platform to the blind players from every part of the country. We do not believe in barriers and boundaries. The tournament is a positive effort to promote para sports and help identify the talent in our country. I hope that the tournament will help change the mindset of people towards disabled people and para sports. – Paul Muddha, Founder, Snehadeep Trust
To ensure a level-playing field, footballers with low vision will wear blindfolds. The winning team will get a cash award of Rs one lakh and the runner up Rs 50,000. There are prizes for best goal keeper, best defender, and so on.
Yogesh Bhavani Shankar, who is among the members of the organising committee and a football coach hopes the event will encourage more disabled people to take up sports.
“The championship will provide the much needed motivation to blind players to do their best and will also encourage others to dream big and work hard towards their goals”, say Shankar. “Disabled people are capable of excelling in every field, including sports.
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