LPU’s Division of Sports, under the aegis of the Student Welfare Wing, is proud to host the 1st Open National Trans* Persons’ Cricket Tournament from May 1 to May 5, 2023 at campus. For this, 100+ cricketers from six states of the country are participating to reveal their cricketing skills no less than others. Participating states are West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana. This tournament is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to promote inclusivity and diversity in the sport of cricket.
Inaugurated during LPU’s global open fest ‘Youth Vibe-2023’, the finale of the matches will be held on 5th of May 2023. This 5-day event has brought together athletes from across the country to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity in sports.
This first-of-its-kind endeavour at LPU campus is to encourage the pursuit of personal growth in a sporting event. It is indeed to recreate the Olympics’ power to bring people of different backgrounds together through the language of sport.
The tournament provides a platform for transgender cricket players to showcase their talent and skills, and to compete at the highest level. It is destined to ultimately achieve gender parity.
LPU Pro Chancellor Rashmi Mittal inaugurated the tournament, where transgender rights activist & bollywood actress, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and first trans-body builder of Asia Aryan Pasha accompanied her. Unfurling the sports flag, Mrs Mittal congratulated LPU’s organizing team for pioneering a noble cause internationally for the exceptional section of the society. She also shared that this hosting is not only aimed to provide strength to the trans-community but also to promote the spirit of inclusion and participation.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi shared that the participation of transgender people in competitive sports used to be a controversial issue, particularly the inclusion of transgender women and girls in women’s sports.
At LPU, we believe that sports should be a platform where everyone can express themselves and their talents, regardless of their gender identity. This tournament marks our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive.
As the games kick off, we invite everyone to join us in cheering for these brave athletes who have defied societal norms to pursue their dreams. Let’s celebrate their strength, resilience, and sportsmanship as they compete on the field.
The tournament has received widespread support and recognition and is seen as a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and accepting society.
We hope that this Open National Trans* Persons’ Cricket Tournament will inspire more people to come forward and support the cause of inclusivity in sports. Let’s make the world a better place, one game at a time!