Tata Trusts had taken the lead to help the Indian blind football team take the giant leap of participating in the World Cup. By popularising football for the visually challenged, the Trusts seek to champion the cause of the visually challenged – their right to sports, entertainment and a quality life like every other human being. The collaboration between Tata Trusts and the Indian blind football team has benefitted the players and has helped recognise the differently-abled.
India's blind football team comprises 12 players from across the country — Delhi, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Kerala — who are groomed by the Society for Rehabilitation of the Visually Challenged and Indian Blind Sports Association in collaboration with Tata Trusts. The team participated in the Asian Championships in Tokyo, Japan, from September 2-7, which was a pre-qualifier for the Rio Paralympics 2016.
“Taking forward the legacy of its Founders, Tata Trusts have been working on various aspects of disability over many decades. By supporting the blind football team, the Trusts are enabling the visually challenged individuals to showcase their sporting talent. We are creating awareness about the challenges and unique abilities of the differently-abled, thus promoting social inclusion."
— Biswanath Sinha, Associate Programme Director, Tata Trusts
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