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Pakistan Cricket team with disabilities travel to India with United States’ Support

Islamabad, October 10, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s cricket team for the physically handicapped left yesterday for an international competition in Faridabad, India. The twenty-eight member team organized by the Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped (PCAPH) – will compete against India’s physically handicapped team in an international competition October 11-16. The U.S. government provided funds for the team’s travel, equipment, and uniforms.

“We are very thankful to the U.S. Embassy for providing support for the team,” said Abass Hashmi, Chairman of PCAPH. Peter Brennan, Minister Counsellor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, attended a send-off ceremony for the team in Islamabad on Sunday.

“We are honoured to stand with the volunteers in PCAPH and support this team. Like Pakistan, the U.S. values volunteerism and recognizes the important role that people with disabilities play in our society,” remarked Mr. Brennan. “I congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishments and wish you the very best of success in India. Jeetay ga bahi, jeetay ga Pakistan jeetay ga!”

Pakistan is one of only five countries in the world with a cricket team for people with physical disabilities. PCAPH is organized and run by volunteers throughout Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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