This is how sport can be a force for good

Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does,” the late South African president Nelson Mandela once said.

update_cricket_02A domestic sporting event in Abu Dhabi will be doing just that in a bid to promote tolerance between rival nations Pakistan and India through a game of cricket.

Now in its fourth year, the Rishtey Cup – meaning ‘relationships’ in Hindi and
Urdu – will take place on 30th November at Zayed Cricket Stadium, pitting two teams from the two countries against each other in a friendly match.

“Although the two governments have always been at loggerheads, people usually carry warm feelings for each other across the border and we want to promote that,” explained event organiser Eraj Farhan.

Dr Zeeshan Ahmed, team captain of the Pakistan team, added that cricket is a passion shared by both nations and what better way to bridge that gap than by playing the sport in a country that exemplifies tolerance.

“The UAE has been the hub for peaceful merging of different cultures and nationalities.

“In India and Pakistan’s case, we speak the same language, share similar cultures and have lots of similarities, but for some reason we’re
both apart.

“So the UAE has welcomed us and supported us to co-exist with each other and live in peace and this is a way for us to also give back.”

The Rishtey Cup is free and open to the public. 7pm-11pm. To find out more, visit: rishteyleague.com 

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