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Visually impaired cricketers target world cup

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 28th July 2016 05:08 PM

Simon Peter Kaggwa, an 18 year old blind cricketer from Salaama School for the blind is working on his goal of representing Uganda at the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup due in Pakistan.

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Simon Peter Kaggwa, an 18 year old blind cricketer from Salaama School for the blind is working on his goal of representing Uganda at the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup due in Pakistan.

Visually Impaired Cricket Festival

Results
Super Heroes 41/5 Secret Talents 24/5
(Super Heroes win by 17 runs)

Blind cricketers in the country are setting their sights on major international outings.

Simon Peter Kaggwa, an 18 year old blind cricketer from Salaama School for the blind is working on his goal of representing Uganda at the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup due in Pakistan.

“Am working hard to qualify and represent my country at the world cup. It is something I have always wanted to do,” he said during the one day visually impaired Cricket festival at the hockey field in Lugogo.

Kaggwa is one of the 16 cricketers who turned up for the festival that is set to become annual but his dream could be hampered by a lack of enough resources to help him and other blind cricketers in the country.

Kedi Anna Teopista, a teacher for special needs and trainer at school level, feels blind cricketers are not getting enough attention and assistance like in other normal sports in the country.

“They need to be thought of highly like in other normal sports where government under NCS offers enough help. We need to have specific facilities for this kind of sport” She said in a somber mood.

However David Turner, an ambassador to Change Foundation, is looking to offset the poor background of the sport in the country. As the main organizer of the festival, with help from NCS and UCA, he intends to make the event more visible by having it every year.

“The sport has been here for some good time but has failed to grow that is why we want to make it bigger and more competitive by attracting a number of schools” said turner.

The one day event attracted two schools; Salaama School for the blind and Sir Apollo Kaggwa secondary school from Mukono.

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