Smriti Irani Honors Gold Medal Triumph of Indian Women’s Blind Cricket Team

Minister Smriti Irani applauds Indian women’s blind cricket team’s gold win. Recognition for their exceptional performance in Birmingham.

Smriti Irani Commends Triumph of Indian Women’s Blind Cricket Team

On Monday, Smriti Irani, the Minister of Women and Child Development, extended her congratulations to the Indian women’s blind cricket team, who clinched a gold medal at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023 in Birmingham.

Having emerged victorious over Australia by 9 wickets on Saturday, the Indian women’s blind cricket team left a lasting impression with their remarkable performance in the World Games.

With a warm and enthusiastic welcome, the cricket players and officials from the Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI) were greeted upon their arrival on Monday.

The Indian women’s blind cricket team had the opportunity to meet Smriti Irani after their arrival, where the entire group was honoured by the Union Minister for their outstanding achievement in bringing home the gold medal for the nation.

Smriti Irani remarked, “The Indian women’s blind cricket team has shown that India’s daughters can leave an indelible mark on the global stage. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire team on behalf of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also acknowledged the accomplishments of our winning team, and these girls truly exemplify the essence of ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao’.”

Expressing his gratitude, Dr. Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar, Chairman of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), thanked Smriti Irani for her benevolent gesture.

“On behalf of Samarthanam, Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI), and particularly the victorious team, I extend sincere gratitude to Smriti Irani, ma’am. She serves as a tremendous source of inspiration for us, and her kind gesture holds immense value. Our girls possess remarkable potential, and the Minister’s blessings will undoubtedly serve as a powerful motivation. We would be greatly appreciative if she could offer any assistance,” shared CABI Chairman Dr. Mahantesh G. Kivadasannavar.

In a gesture of recognition, the Delhi High Court Bar Association announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for the gold medal-winning women’s blind cricket team.

Later in the day, the women’s blind cricket team and CABI officials were warmly received by members of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. The cash award of Rs 10 lakh was declared in the presence of Shyam Sharma, Director of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), amidst a gathering of High Court Judges.

Varsha, the captain of the triumphant team, expressed her overwhelming emotions upon hearing the announcement. This reward marked the team’s first commitment. She was deeply moved by the concern and acknowledgement shown by the judicial fraternity.



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