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HIV+ person to toss coin in India-NZ Test

rediff.com sportsdesk | September 18, 2003 17:45 IST

In a break with tradition, an HIV-positive person will toss the coin for the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand at Ahmedabad next month.

The International Cricket Council, on Thursday, entered into an agreement with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNSAID), wherein it will use the popularity of the game to raise awareness against the dreaded disease in cricket-playing countries.

The ICC will also incorporate UNAIDS education and training messages and materials in its global development programme and encourage various cricket Boards to support the HIV/AIDS issues, according to a joint statement from the ICC and UNAIDS in Mumbai.

"The threat of HIV/AIDS in many of the communities in which cricket is played is acute. I hope that through this
partnership the ICC is able to play its part in helping UNAIDS turn the epidemic around," ICC chief Ehsan Mani said.

In India, the BCCI will work with UNAIDS in a wide range of awareness-raising activities. These include the
distribution of information materials on the disease to sports commentators and journalists.

Out of 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, an estimated 12 million live in cricket-playing countries.

The ICC president said the Board of Control for Cricket in India will be the first to take up the programme under the leadership of its president, Jagmohan Dalmiya.

"To begin with, the ICC will also auction one of the 13 bats signed by the cricketers of the match that will be played in
South Africa in March next year, and the funds raised will be given to the Indian AIDS programme," Mani said.

The programme will help to 'run out' HIV/AIDS from the globe, he added.

UNAIDS Communication Advisor Mahesh Mahalingam said the world body is also having a series of talks with several other sports bodies, both national and international, and hopes to get support from them.


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Number of User Comments: 10




Sub: Money

Is this Mani cat dumb or what. Why expose the HIV fellow. He probably was leading a quiet life of suffering. Now you expose him ...


Posted by GB





Sub: Positive to Toss

Dear Editor, I read the news that an HIV+ is to toss the India-NewZland Test at Ahamedabad. As I an HIV/AIDS social worker, It is ...


Posted by Boban B Kizhakkethara





Sub: hiv+person to toss coin

This is avery good thing done by the ICC. The hiv+ people are also humans. They need our luv & affection. This should be followed ...


Posted by s b babu





Sub: HIV+ person to toss coin in Test: Never late than ever

Its a great move from ICC and other related association but should have done a lot earlier. Though the concept alone is very hard and ...


Posted by Arpit Gattani





Sub: WellDone

Hats off to ICC And Unsaid for the decision. This decision will have strategic effects and will help fighting the deadly disease.


Posted by Amit grover




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