Imphal, Feb 13: Thirteen Disabled Cricket Team including four officials who are to participate in the 11th National Para Cricket Championship for Differently Abled 2018 to be held from 17 February to 19 February, 2018 at Maharashtra (Nagpur) was flagged off today by Konthoujam Joychandra, Vice President IPSA from North A.O.C.
Altogether 16 states are taking part where Manipur is the only state from entire North-East state that has been able to participate in the championship organised by Maharashtra Cricket Association for Disabled under the sponsorship of Indian Cricket Federation for Disabled (ICFD).
Mention may be that every year The Disabled Development Association Manipur (DDAM) have been organising residential coaching for the differently abled persons to promote the name of our state but unfortunately till date state government have fail to provide any form of support for them.
It has been more than seven years that the team have been participating at various events held outside the state without the support of the government but just by donation and contribution by the members of the differently abled persons.
It will not be wrong to say that big changes for the differently abled persons can be brought if the state government are able to give more priority and provide the needs of the differently abled persons.
Mention may be that the 13 players who have left to take part in the championship are from Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Senapati, Kakching, Thoubal and Kangpokpi districts of Manipur.