Pubudu Dassanayake tosses up with Sunil Thapa

In its bid to promote the universal issues of HIV/AIDS on World Aids Day, the Cricket Association of Nepal staged a celebrity cricket match in Kathmandu featuring celebrities from the national motion picture and music industries. National coach Pubudu Dassanayake captained the CAN side which faced a team led by Sunil Thapa. Government ministers were in attendance as well as a fair-sized crowd in the generally light-hearted affair.

CAN officials including CAN President Tanka Angbuhang played in the 10-over match. Raman Shiwakoti of the Cricket Association of Nepal said the “Celebrity XI played the game of cricket with full energy and intensity, happy and proud to be associated for a good cause.” Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Hari Prasad Nepal, speaking on the occasion at the Tribhuvan University Ground highlighted the positive role sport can play in increasing awareness and help reduce the social stigma prevalent. Member Secretary of National Sports Council Yubraj Lama also expressed the commitment of the Nepali government in fighting against any kind of discrimination and said that Cricket could be an important tool to sensitize the issue. President of CAN, Tanka Angbuhang expressed the commitment of CAN in continuing with social responsibility to contribute to raising awareness on such issues through its annual programs and plans.

The game made front and back page news across the Nepali press, but then cricket always does there.

The 2012 HIV/AIDS day is themed “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”.

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Filed December 5th, 2012