Khela Hobe – A Football Event for Visually Impaired, Physically / Specially Abled and Women team is a Nobel initiative by Sarmista Acharya (a social activist), Ankit Shaw (Celebrity Anchor and Mr. India Face of West Bengal) and Junction House which was held today at NKDA Football Stadium, Kolkata. The event was graced by the presence of several eminent personalities like: Alvito D’Cunha, International Footballer; Yuvraj Walmiki, International Indian Hockey Player; Tapas Chatterjee, MLA; Manoj Tiwary, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Govt of WB; Debangshu Bhattacharya, National Spokesperson of AITC; Syed Rahim Nabi, Indian Footballer; Subrata Bhattacharya, Veteran Footballer; Mehtab Hossain, Indian Footballer; Prabir Sarkar, International Para Athlete(Asian Games long jump silver medalist); Ishaan Mazumdar, Actor and many others.
There are currently more than one billion disabled people, around 15 percent of the global population. This is the largest minority of people on the planet and, according to the World Health Organization, almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience disability at some point in their life. Disability is a part of being human. Yet disabled people still face social, physical, intellectual, attitudinal and other barriers that exclude them from everyday life opportunities, including education, sports and work options. Significant progress has been made to ensure that the world is more accessible and inclusive but a great deal of work is still required. Football is loved by everyone all over the world and this passion is also common amongst millions of specially-abled people too. Indeed, more disabled people than ever before are participating in the world’s most popular sport.
Speaking on the occasion Raj Roy, Director of The Junction House said, “We want to create awareness that the differently-abled can do whatever they want to do in life infact even better than a normal person. Every individual coming in the tournament will take back a message to support and motivate blind and physically challenged people as they are no less in any category. That’s the main idea of “Khela Hobe” – A Play for a Cause.”
Ankit Shaw, Celebrity Anchor and Mr. India Face of West Bengal said, “The world is evolving everyday in every sector and rapidly in the field of sports too. That’s how we planned to organise a football match for people who are neglected in the society since their childhood. Kolkata will witness the never seen before football match of Visually impaired, Physically / specially abled and Women by making sure all stereotypes are broken.”
Sarmista Acharya, Social activist said, “I’ve always wished to bring change in society in every big or small way possible. I’ve always tried to uplift and motivate under privileged people but this time, it was a special initiative with one of a kind football match for people who hold special position in the society. “Khela Hobe” is all about a cause and message, let’s all come together and let the world know.”
· Women team – Beleghata Sporting Club
· Handicapped – West Bengal Cricket Association for the Differently Abled
· Blind – Visually Impared Cricket Association of Bengal