Following a process initiated in 2012, the Cricket Association of Thailand have signed a MoU with Special Olympics Thailand this April. The accord between the two bodies is aimed at introducing cricket to the approximately 15000 athletes registered under the Special Olympics umbrella. “It’s a cause we are happy to get behind and are allocating many of our own resources to,” says CAT Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.

More than 60 CAT Level I and II coaches are available to work with Special Olympics Thailand’s coaches, trainers and sports educators. The most recent interaction was at Thammasat University in Bangkok when four of Thailand’s national women’s team players, all of whom possess ACC Level II coaching qualifications took 17 of their Special Olympics counterparts from four of Thailand’s provinces through a three-day basic cricket course. The Cricket Association of Thailand reports that “the challenge is for these individuals to return to their respective institutes and further educate special athletes on how to play cricket. With this initiation together with Special Olympics Thailand, CAT looks to educate more trainers over time and start domestic competitions.” There will be a Special Olympics event in Pattaya in October of 2013, where it is hoped cricket will be played.

The Special Olympics movement for cricket is hoping to spread to Malaysia and Singapore too. ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura earlier said, “his is part of ours and ICC’s development targets in ‘increasing participating numbers’ as well as assisting a worthy cause which is internationally accepted.”

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Filed October 2nd, 2013