After the highs of Rio Paralympics where India bagged four medals, double of what was achieved by able-bodied counterparts in Olympics last year, one would have thought that the scenario and attitude towards the parathletes would change.
But nothing has changed since then, at least in Cricket.
Indian Blind Cricket team achieved something that even Kapil’s Devils or even captain cool Dhoni’s team could not do — winning back to back World Cup.
Yet neither their team is recognised nor affiliated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India who showered millions of rupees for the Men’s team.
“It’s a matter of shame that despite India won back to back World Cup and still neither we have given any recognition or affiliation by the govt or the BCCI and the token prize money given to us is so meagre,” India’s world cup winning team captain Ajay Reddy told NewsX on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony.
“These token ceremonies mean nothing for us. We appeal both to BCCI & Sports Ministry to give us recogntion, affiliation. We have also spent Rs 1.5 crore from among ourselves to prepare & organise the Blind World Cup held earlier this month. At least BCCI & Ministry can reimburse the money.”
The Sports Ministry quickly stepped in.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel: “Yes, thanks for bringing this to our notice. We will do the needful. They will be given recognition & affiliation apart from prize money.”
The Ministry must be given credit for recognising the efforts of the differently-abled sportspersons in the past and also providing them incentives.