Sports unites everyone and in the present day, it has become a tool to unite the physically abled as well as people with disabilities. People who lack perfect physique or have some disability were often considered to be incomplete. However, times are changing and there is a need to amend our perspectives towards people who are differently abled.
Rotaract Club of Jayanagar in association with Rotaract Club of Peenya and ASTHA organized Jugalbandi Cricket to address this need.
What is Jugalbandi Cricket?
Jugalbandi Cricket, held at Sullivan Police Grounds, was played between the 3 winning teams with each team of 10 players, consisting of 6 abled and 4 differently abled people. The tournament was played on a 20-yard pitch, witnessed overarm bowling, and was based on a knockout format as per the rules and regulations set by the International Cricket Council.
The differently abled individuals demonstrated by their sheer grit and determination that their disability did not come in the way of them being complete sportspersons. Cricket being our country’s loved sport witnessed physically abled and differently abled players stretching themselves to give their best and finding joy and happiness in playing as a team.
On this initiative, Pooja Girish, the President of Rotaract Club of Jayanagar said, “It is a great sight to see these individuals perform their best and demonstrate a great spirit of sportsmanship. Rotaract Club of Jayanagar, Rotaract Club of Peenya and ASTHA, strived to create awareness and promote Para sports movement in the society. By this tournament, we sought to target the prejudice by which the society undermines the differently abled.”
About the Rotaract Clubs of Jayanagar and Peenya:
Rotaract Club of Jayanagar (RCJ) is the longest operating Club in RI district 3190. It was chartered on April 20,1977 and is comprised of dedicated individuals from 18 to 30 years of age. The team contains a balanced mixture of students and professionals to progress towards a better tomorrow, in avenues ranging from Professional Development to Community Service.
Rotaract Club of Peenya (RCoP) is a Rotaract Club that was chartered in 1983 under the Rotary movement with its main objective being community development. RCoP is closely linked with projects like the Jaipur Foot camp, Mission TEACH. The members of the club come from different backgrounds and this helps the club come up with innovative themes for projects.
ASTHA is a Non-Profit Organization based on working to promote Paralympics Movement In India. ASTHA conceptualized Jugalbandi Sports to bring people with and without disabilities together in a way that they can learn and understand each other. ASTHA mentors and supports Para athletes to reach excellence through sports. Among other projects currently, ASTHA is working on setting up India's First Accessible Wheelchair Tennis Training Center.