Chennai’s First Unified Badminton Tournament taking place at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium on 24th of September, 2016
Subject: Unified Chennai Badminton League (UCBL)
Chennai, Sept 17, 2016 : Our city has seen numerous badminton tournaments, sports events & tournaments for the differently abled. Unified sports around the world creating new waves, creating opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join the world of sports, experience by playing on a team with regular players. This would notonly eliminate the difference between a regular player and paralympic (differently abled) players, but also would create a change in the attitude within players& people alike, making transformation on the playing field to create lifelong friendship and partnership between regular & differently abled.
Unified Chennai Badminton League (UCBL) is one such effort to create awareness on unified sports in the city, provide opportunity to showcase the talent of paralympic badminton players to play as partners with regular players. For the badminton and sports lovers, UCBL going to gift a memory of life-time watching it first in the city. The badminton league is supported by Tamilnadu Paralympic Association. UCBL has 16 teams comprising of 32 players, of which 16 paralympic pro players & 16 regular pro players from across the state viz, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tutucorin, Salem, Vellore, teaming up. Each team is owned & sponsored by various corporate houses in the city.
Rotary Club of United Chennai takes immense pleasure in organizing UCBL as a part of their ‘Think Sports’ initiative. The fund raised through this is used for various social projects of the club such as sports training & sports equipment supply to underprivileged students from government run schools & colleges. Last year around this time, we organized Chennai’s first –All Woman Bowlathon (ten-pin bowling tournament) spread across 3 days at Phoenix Market City, Chennai which received appreciation from people and covered by Main stream Newspaper and news Channel.
UCBL Chairman Rtn. Suresh Manoharan has said, it would host prominent personalities, ministers, sports authority officials and officials from Tamilnaduparalympic association at the prize distribution ceremony. About 500 plus viewers are expected on the day, and the entry is Free for all.
”UCBL is a brand that would be a mile stone to many such sports and players in the years to come”, says President Rtn.IMITHIYAS BASHA from Rotary club of united Chennai.
CHIEF GUEST: Mr.Nagarajan, Secretary (Tamilnadu Paralympics Association) – Mr.Nagarajan, at present serving as Manager of Sports, Special Olympics Asia Pacific Region, SOI, Washington DC, USA and Honorary Dean, Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
Mr.Vijaya Sarathy, Treasurer (Tamilnadu Paralympics Association) – A Wheel Chair Racer from Tamilnadu under T-42 classification has represented the state and the nation at numerous national & international games and has won medals. Recently, he secured two gold medals from National Championship held in Panchkula, Chandigarh.