Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and SSEPD of Odisha on Tuesday inaugurated the IDCA 7th T20 National Cricket Championship for Deaf, 2023.
It was a momentous day for the state of Odisha, 7th T20 National Cricket Championship for Deaf was inaugurated at 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 in 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 conduct of this championship.
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 upliftment of the differently abled community.
He was very impressed with the scale of operation of the tournament. On 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 the make the games interesting.