Odisha Minister Ashok Chandra Panda inaugurates IDCA 7th T20 National Cricket Championship for Deaf

 T20 National Cricket New Delhi/Bhubaneshwar, 26 September 2023: Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and SSEPD of Odisha inaugurated the IDCA 7th T20 National Cricket Championship for Deaf, 2023.

It was a momentous day for the state of Odisha, The 7th T20 National Cricket Championship for Deaf was inaugurated at the scenic East Coast Railway Sports Association cricket ground at Bhubaneswar. Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and SSEPD was the chief guest, and Guests of Honour were Shri Sushanta Kumar Rout, Hon’ble MLA Bhubaneswar North, and Shri Md Jafar Iqbal, an all-rounder and member of the National Cricket Team for the Visually Impaired.

Present at the occasion was Shri Sumit Jain, President, IDCA, he welcomed the guests and expressed his gratitude to the state of Odisha for the support provided towards the conduct of this championship.

All guests were welcomed with bouquets and mementos.

Along with Shri Sumit Jain, Shri Ajay Kumar Gen Secretary of IDCA, Dev Dutt, IDCA’s BCCI certified coach, Cdr DK Mishra (Retd), Vice Chairman, ODCA and Shri Sagarkanta Senapati, General Secretary ODCA were also part of the lamp lighting ceremony.

The chief guest after the inauguration elaborated upon the initiatives taken by Govt of Odisha towards the upliftment of the differently abled community. He was very impressed with the scale of operation of the tournament. Along similar lines, Shri Sushanta Kumar Rout, Hon’ble MLA met all the captains and conveyed his best wishes to all the teams and asked the teams to put in their best and make the games interesting. He also expressed his desire to visit the championship again within the next 7 days. Shri Md Jafar Iqbal was extremely happy to hear about the tournament and conveyed his best wishes to all the teams and expressed that these kinds of invitations will help improve the collaboration between the differently abled.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, matches at CSIR IMMT ground were called off and the T20 matches were converted to T10 matches. However, this change of format didn’t dampen the spirits of the players, and games were played with zeal and enthusiasm. Matches were played at three locations and luckily the rain Gods also played along.

KFC India, Hero MotoCorp, Impact Research and Measurement, Nykaa, Airtel 5G plus, SAIL-Rourkela Steel Plany, Cognito, and Kaizzen are IDCA’s support partners for the upcoming tournament.

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