Belagavi Man Elected president of World Blind Cricket Council
The election of Mahantesh Kivadassaanaver , 47, as president of the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) has been greeted with joy by the sport fraternity in the district . In the polls conducted on January 30, Mahantesh was elected as WBCC president unopposed .A native of Neginahal village in Bailhongal taluk in Belagavi Mahantesh is now a resident of Bengaluru. Although he lost his vision to typhoid when he was merely six month old, Mahantesh never allowed his disability to come in the way of his dream Cricket remained an enduring passion thought-out Mahantesh’s life, and in 1996, he went on to captain the Indian team for the blind on its tour of England.
Besides pursuing his passion for cricket, he worked hard to earn a postgraduate degree in philosophy, and worked as a lecturer at the university law college in Bengulure.
But it was his dream to integrate the differently abled with the mainstream that motivated mahentesh to start samarthanam trust. Among other services, the organization has been providing the differently abled shelter, education, besides consistently working towards making them self-reliant. Mahantesh has also been working sedulously towards bringing more physically challenged individuals to the cricket field.
In may 2016, mahantesh was appointed president of the cricket Association for the blind in India (CABI). Mahantesh told TOI that he wished to ring in a host of changes as WBCC president. “I have plans to organize tournaments throughout the year. Currently, blind cricket is played in ten countries- India, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan. I have launched an initiative to spread the game to ten more countries, by promoting cricket at the school level. I will approach associations for the blind across the globe in my term,” he added.
He added that he would approach the ICC to get affiliation for WBCC board, and appeal to the BCCI for financial support.