Disabled athletes suffering the most

Sports Correspondent

1 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Wheelchair Cricket team Captain Mohammad Mohasin said the disabled people have been suffering more than any other group of people amid the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus.

Mohasin, also part of the Wheelchair Cricket Welfare Association Bangladesh (WCWAB), stepped forward to support disabled people and needy families who have been struggling to earn their daily breads since the onset of the pandemic.

“The coronavirus crisis is hitting disabled people harder than any other groups. They aren’t like others. Most of their jobs have been stopped and haven’t been getting allowances since the onset of the pandemic. I have been trying to support them, providing foods and financial assistance since last April throughout the country,” Mohasin told daily sun on Sunday.

The wheelchair cricketer Mohasin and his organization WCWAB supported 2500 disabled and 1500 needy people throughout the country. They raised a fund with help of Youth Policy Form and distributed the amount among 500 families of disabled people in four districts outside Dhaka namely in Chattogram, Rajshahi, Barisal and Rangpur. Besides, they provided cash assistance to 300 disabled people with the support of BRAC.

Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), Save Mission Bangladesh, Neuro-Developmental Disability Protection Trust (NDD), Arion Group, Epyllion Group, Global Shapers Community (Dhaka hub), Bidyanondo Foundation, M Sports, Heroes For All and some social activist joined their hands with Mohasin for charity purpose.

“We are now going to help some 100 more people in Tongi this week. Disabled people get a monthly allowance of Tk 700, is it enough for a human being? Thanks to my organisation and sponsors who stepped forward to support these people in this crisis. I personally provided cash assistance to some disabled players in Narayanganj, Kushtia and Dhaka. We mainly run our operation through different wheelchair cricket clubs outside Dhaka,” he added.

Most of wheelchair cricketers have also been struggling to survive amid this crisis. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and former captain of Bangladesh National Cricket team Mushfiqur Rahim provided cash assistance to country’s wheelchair cricketers. BCB provided Tk 10,000 to each of the 22 cricketers of wheelchair team while Rahim distributed Tk 1 lakh among 50 local cricketers. Mohasin also thanked them for their initiatives.

“Most of the wheelchair cricketers belong to low-middle class family. Most of them are unemployed while those who remain employed can’t work due to lockdown. They have been facing hardships for a long time. But BCB always supports us, thanks to them again for providing us monetary assistance of Tk 10,000 each. I am also thankful to Mushfiq vai for his generosity,” he further said. 

Mohasin formed a cricket team for psychically challenged titled ‘Bangladesh Cricket Association for Psychically Challenged’ in 2010. Later, he formed men’s wheelchair cricket team in 2016. The team clinched titles of Walton Bangladesh-India Wheelchair T20 Cricket Series’2017 in Dhaka, International Bilateral Wheelchair T20 Cricket Series’2018 in India and 2nd International Tri Nation Wheelchair T20 Cricket Series’2018 in India while becoming runners-up in 1st International Tri Nation Wheelchair T20 Cricket Series’2017 in Nepal.

 “We are not under any contract of the board (BCB), but we always feel the passion for cricket. I also asked for help from Cricket Welfare Association Bangladesh (CWAB), Debabrata sir (CWAB secretary Debabrata Paul) assured us of financial support,” he concluded.