MUMBAI: “Children must have the right to play. It is the best medium to help them channel their energy and teach them some of life’s most valuable lessons-on strength and determination, humility and mutual respect, on resilience and sportsmanship,” Sachin Tendulkar has mentioned in a special article the cricket legend has penned for UNICEF India. Tendulkar is also the regional goodwill ambassador for South Asia.

Given below is the article, which was tweeted by UNICEF India on Saturday.

“The late, great cricket coach, Achrekar Sir once told me: No one is bigger than the game. It was one of the most profound pieces of advice that I ever received and it stayed with me throughout my years in the sport. The game does not discriminate; it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you have come from. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a boy. As long as there is passion in your heart, the game is all yours.

That is the amazing thing about sport. It brings you hope and joy even in the most challenging circumstances. You can leave behind all your doubts, fears, and prejudices that may have caged you, and give in to your most natural instinct: to play.

Children must have the right to play. It is the best medium to help them channel their energy and teach them some of life’s most valuable lessons-on strength and determination, humility and mutual respect, on resilience and sportsmanship.

To be able to play with an open mind encourages children to push their limits, and in the process, discover their own potential. Throughout my career, I have always played with my heart. It was always about the process and not the result. I played because cricket gave me, and will always give me joy.

My father would always tell me: Be a good person first; everything else can come later. Sport is the best teacher to build character. When you are on a sports field, be it cricket or badminton, football or hockey, you let go of everything else and become a sportsperson, and only that.

You stand on the same platform as everyone else and learn to win with dignity and accept defeat with humility. Sport does not see your gender, just your hard work.

It is for this very reason that I believe sport is a great medium to empower girls. In November 2019, when I visited Nepal as a UNICEF ambassador and engaged with the women’s team in a game of cricket, the confidence they exuded left me impressed. The enthusiasm of the cricketers participating in the Women’s Cricket League in October 2020 in Jammu and Kashmir was inspirational.

At home, or in society at large, girls may face various kinds of discrimination, but on the sports field they have an opportunity to showcase their talent. This helps them grow as individuals. The Indian Women’s Hockey team played brilliantly in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and produced many such examples. The captain, Rani Rampal‘s father could not afford to buy her a hockey stick when she was growing up, so she would play with a broken one; Salima Tete from Jharkhand would play with wooden sticks for the same reason. Deep Grace Ekka’s family was criticized because she was ‘allowed’ to play the game despite being a girl.

It is the same purpose that drives teenage footballer, Pria Dutta of Bangladesh to play for the national football team. Pria’s father is a carpenter who has to work hard to sustain his family of four. All of her difficulties, including the bias of society, fade once Pria, the team’s top striker, dribbles the football. She knows that on the field, she is invincible and that motivates her to work harder.

The big message is this: Let every child, girl and boy, play a sport. It will help their physical and mental growth. As the UNICEF Cricket for Good ambassador at the 2017 Women’s World Cup, my aim was to motivate girls to pick up the sport and participate in world-class championships. Sport, like music, transcends boundaries and helps in moulding our children into well-rounded individuals who will be an asset to our society. Let’s give them that opportunity.”

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar bagged the ‘Most Effective Swachhata Ambassador’ award for making use of his popularity and fame to ensure India achieves its goal of a Swachh Bharat.

Sachin Tendulkar has been promoting cleanliness drives in India for almost 10 years. (Photo: PTI)

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar bagged the ‘Most Effective Swachhata Ambassador’ award at India Today Group’s fifth edition of the Safaigiri Awards for utilizing his popularity and fame to ensure India achieves its goal of a Swachh Bharat.

Sachin Tendulkar has been promoting cleanliness drives in India for almost 10 years.

On September 18, 2011, during Support My School telethon’, Sachin Tendulkar helped raise crores more than the target set for creation of basic facilities in 140 government schools across India, particularly toilets for girl students.

Revered as the ‘god of cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of India’s swachhata ambassadors’ in 2014. After accepting his nomination, Tendulkar’s first campaign was cleaning up a locality near his home in Mumbai.

The former Indian cricketer had launched Mission-24’, aimed at improving the quality of life in Mumbai’s M East ward which known to have ranked the lowest in human development among the city’s 24 wards in the Mumbai Human Development Report 2009.

The project was taken up by two NGOs and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, with an aim to improve basic amenities like hospitals, schools, water and drainage systems.

Sachin Tendulkar’s universal appeal across age, gender and class set him apart from other ambassadors. With around 30 million followers on Twitter and Facebook, he also wields tremendous influence on social media.
Tendulkar was honoured with Bharat Ratna in 2014, becoming the youngest recipient of the highest civilian award in the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

NEW DELHI: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar Sunday joined thousands of runners in New Delhi Marathon and raised Rs 15 lakh for family members of the Pulwama terror attack martyrs.

Before the start of each of the four races at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Tendulkar did 10 push-ups as part of the #KeepMoving Push-up Challenge and urged the runners to join him in the exercise.

“Whatever will be the fund that we receive from here, it will all be donated for a good cause, a bigger cause. It will be donated to the families of the martyrs. I am sure you understand the feelings and hope everyone joins us in this movement,” Tendulkar said.

More than 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, the deadliest in three decades.

Thousands of runners took part in the four races — 42.195km long full marathon (2000), 21.095km half marathon (6000), timed 10km (5500)run and 5km Swachch Bharat Run (4500).

Seeing the big turnout, Tendulkar said, “I am especially delighted to see so many children participating. It is a very big step in life to participate in a marathon and not to be intimidated by seeing so many adults around. You are the next generation who will take over the reins of our nation.“The whole dream is to transform India from a sports loving nation into a sports playing nation for a healthy active lifestyle. And if children are starting from here, things are going to be better and better.“So well done Delhi, keep up your energy to run in the marathon. It is fantastic that you all are here with so much enthusiasm and energy.”

Mumbai , Mar 07 (ANI): Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday inaugurated a children’s park that he renewed in Bandra area of Mumbai. The park was reportedly refurbished with his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) funds. People thronged the area to watch the cricket star and children could be seen playing in the park with Sachin.

Tendulkar said: “Investing in Early Child Development is one of the best investments a country can make to boost economic growth, promote peaceful and sustainable societies, and eliminate extreme poverty and inequality.

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was confident India would move from a “global powerhouse” to becoming “the undoubted superpower” by 2050 with the country investing in Early Child Development.

Talking on Thursday to celebrate India’s 72 years of independence, Tendulkar said: “Investing in Early Child Development is one of the best investments a country can make to boost economic growth, promote peaceful and sustainable societies, and eliminate extreme poverty and inequality.

“By having our children eat the correct food, learn new things through playing, and receiving limitless love from both parents — we can shape the future of India positively. We can make our country the undoubted superpower by 2050.”

Tendulkar said that through his role in UNICEF, he has become more aware of the “social, cultural and economic impacts of Early Childhood Development” and that a child starts to learn not only by spending time with parents but also from the mother’s womb. He added that for the brain to develop, “a child must grow up in a safe and loving environment, be fed on the right nutrition and get a positive stimulus from parents and caregivers”.

He added: “A baby’s brain growth starts right from the prenatal stage, and 80% of it gets developed by the age of two. The time parents spend with the baby, and the way it is spent, therefore set the path for how the baby’s adulthood shapes up. A practice dating back several thousands of years in our culture is ‘Garbh Sanskar’ — which means ‘educating the foetus in the womb’.”

The 46-year-old former India captain spoke from his personal experience, having been brought up in a caring manner by his parents and siblings, encouraging him to focus on his chosen sport, cricket.

Tendulkar said: “An important aspect of rearing a child is equal parenting. Children need the love and affection of a father as much as that of a mother. Evidence suggests that a father’s participation from the early stages of parenting has an overall positive impact on the child. Not just that, the mother’s well-being is also taken care of, by ensuring that she is not disproportionately burdened.”

Like in cricket, Tendulkar said that “rotating strike between partners is as important in rearing a child”. He also spoke about the importance of bringing up a child in a peaceful environment. “Violence and abuse hamper a child’s morale and have a long-standing impact on his or her psychological development,” he said while also stressing the importance of giving children access to “clean drinking water, good sanitation practices and timely vaccinations” to ensure that the child doesn’t fall prey to diseases like malaria and diarrhoea.

UNICEF ambassador Sachin Tendulkar raised awareness for ‘Bat for Brain Development’ campaign.

KATHMANDU: Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was here on a three-day trip to raise awareness for the UNICEF Nepal’s ‘Bat for Brain Development’ campaign.

A UNICEF ambassador, Tendulkar engaged in a game of cricket with the Nepal women’s team, visited the famous Pashupati Temple and met the Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, during his stay here.

“Thank you for meeting me despite health issues @PM_Nepal Shri Oli ji, I wish you a speedy recovery. I feel touched by the love and warmth received in Nepal. Like the beautiful lamp you gifted – may there be brightness, happiness & prosperity all over the world. @unicef_nepal,” Tendulkar tweeted.

Tendukar was appointed UNICEF’s first brand ambassador for South Asia in November 2013 and his put his weight behind several issue including empowering girls through sports.

Tendukar was appointed UNICEF’s first brand ambassador for South Asia in November 2013 and his put his weight behind several issue including empowering girls through sports.

The charity match saw Ponting XI beat Gilchrist XI by 1 run in an entertaining game which had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram in action.

Cricket Australia on Sunday confirmed that the Bushfire charity cricket match featuring legends of the past managed to raise over USD 7.7 million for the communities devastated by the fires that have ravaged Australia for months.

Two teams led by Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist played against each other in a 10-overs-per-side match in which Ponting XI emerged victorious by 1 run against Gilchrist XI at the Melbourne Junction Oval stadium.

Ponting XI posted 104 for 5 on the board in 10 overs with former West Indies captain Brian Lara top-scoring with 30 runs off 11 balls. His knock included 3 boundaries and two sixes.

Captain Ricky Ponting himself contributed with 26 runs while Matthew Hayden and Luke Hodge made 16 and 11 runs respectively.

West Indies legend Courtney Walsh, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and ex-Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds picked up a wicket each for Gilchrist XI.

In reply the Gilchrist XI started off well with Shane Watson and Adam Gilchrist adding 49 runs for the first wicket. Watson top-scored with 30 runs while Gilchrist made 11 in the partnership.

But their innings was derailed by speedster Brett Lee and Luke Hodge, who ran through the batting lineup, picking up 3 wickets in quick succession.

Brad Hodge was sent back for a duck while Yuvraj managed just 2 off 6 balls. Andrew Symonds tried his best with 29 off 13 balls but it wasn’t enough to get his team over the finish line. Lee finished with 2 for 11 while Hodge bagged a wicket for 8 runs.

During the mid-innings break, former India captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar padded up and faced 2019 Women’s Cricketer of the Year Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland for an over.

Tendulkar, who was also coaching the Ponting XI, said while walking up to the pitch that it was the first time in five years that he was picking up a bat.

The 46-year-old got off the mark with a boundary and then took a couple of runs but blocked out the rest of the deliveries. Perry bowled 3 balls to Tendulkar before handing it over to her teammate Annabel Sutherland for the remaining two deliveries.

Sachin Tendulkar, popularly known as the God of Cricket, arrived in Indore with his team on Tuesday morning. He then headed to Sister Nivedita School and Hostel that his foundation is building in association with an NGO namely ‘Parivaar Education Society’, in Sandalpur village of Dewas district and also visited Seva Kutir in Sewaniya village of Sehore district. Sachin Tendulkar Foundation is helping Seva Kutir school in Sehore and the under-construction school and hostel in Dewas, which is presently run by the NGO for the tribals.

The sporting icon is getting the school and hostel constructed in Dewas in memory of his late father Professor Ramesh Tendulkar.

While visiting both places, Sachin sought information from the CEO of Parivaar Education Society, Siddharth Parmar. Following this, he visited Shri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Seva Kutir, where education to children is provided with meals twice a day.

In Sewaniya village, children are provided education and two-time meals by the NGO at the Seva Kutir. Many such ‘Seva Kutirs’ are currently operational in 13 districts of Madhya Pradesh, which were first established by founder of the NGO Vinayak Lohani in West Bengal.

Sachin, who reached Sewaniya village in Sehore district, also talked to the children studying there and gave them autographs while posing for photographs with them. He also played cricket with the children of the village. The enthusiastic children looked elated and enjoyed their time with the cricket icon.

Speaking to ANI, Sachin said, “It is a great pleasure to come to Sandalpur and Sewaniya. We are helping to build a school and hostel in Sandalpur, about 2,300 students will be able to live and study here over a span of 10 years. The people of the Parivaar Education Society will help the children and shape their careers. At this stage they need guidance. Children aged between 4 and 16 years will be given proper guidance. Apart from this, there will be arrangements for food with a proper nutrition plan. They are the future of the country. India is the youngest average aged nation. It is our strength and we need to utilise it in a proper way to see good results in the forthcoming years.”

He further assured all possible help will be provided to children by him, his wife Anjali and his foundation.

While speaking to children, Sachin asked them about their aspirations, on which some children said that they want to become teacher, police personnel amongst other professions. The children who said that they want to become a teacher promised Sachin that they will return to this ‘Seva Kutir‘ to teach other underprivileged children.

“One should not forget their roots. Like someone is coming here to teach them, one day they will come here and teach the next generation. Like it is said, once you roll the ball, it picks up momentum and a little push needs to be given. With the promise of these children, a chain will be formed and it must not be broken,” said Sachin.

“There are about 150 children who have dreams and we will support, give platforms so that they can become whoever they want to be,” he added. (ANI)

Tendulkar has once again come forward in support of people in the north-east by donating retinal cameras to the paediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit at the Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital in Karimnagar district of Assam.

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has once again come forward in support of people in the north-east by donating retinal cameras to the paediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit at the Makunda Christian Leprosy and General Hospital in Karimnagar district of Assam.

Critical patients from the neighbouring states of Tripura and Mizoram also come here for treatment. It is through his foundation, Tendulkar has offered to donate retinal cameras which can help diagnose ‘retinopathy of pre-maturity’, a preventable complication among pre-term neonates (new-born) which can cause blindness.

This will benefit the nearly 45 per cent pre-term deliveries and 50 per cent pre-term admissions in its NICU. Presently, the nearest facility for ROP screening is available only in Guwahati, which is about 360 kilometres far and an overnight journey from Karimnagar.

Dr. Shajin MD, Consultant Pediatrician, Makunda Hospital said: “We are thankful to the Sachin Tendulkar foundation for coming to our rescue in getting this device which will go a long way in helping a lot of premature babies, getting treated in our hospital from the rural communities.”

Sachin Tendulkar is the goodwill ambassador to UNICEF

Yes, you read it right!

The former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian cricket team called ‘Team Blue’ in a match with Nepal’s ‘Team Red’ led by former Nepali cricket captain Binod Das.

That was an 8-over friendly match between the two sides at the Tribhuvan University Grounds on November 16, 2019.

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was in Nepal to play cricket.

With a 7-run contribution, Sachin led his team to victory against Das’ team in winning the 45-run target at loss of 4 wickets.

Let Them Fly’

UNICEF organized this event marking the 30th anniversary of the ratification of ‘Convention on Children’s Rights Convention’.

Addressing he ceremony, Sachin urged parents and caregivers to allow and support children in achieving what they love.

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Sachin is also the goodwill ambassador to UNICEF.

The Indian cricketer also offered special prayers at the Pashupathinath temple.

As part of his visit, Sachin met the PM KP Sharma Oli. “Pleased to meet Sachin, a famous cricket player, and UNICEF goodwill ambassador today. He appreciated the efforts undertaken by Nepal for the promotion of the rights of the children and their welfare,” Oli tweeted.