India-England teams to meet HIV positives

Updated: 25 November 2008 08:40 IST

India and England cricketers will meet HIV affected youngsters on December 1 - World AIDS Day - as part of the ICC activities.

India-England teams to meet HIV positives

Dubai:

India and England cricketers will meet HIV affected youngsters on December 1 - World AIDS Day -as part of the ICC activities to celebrate five years of raising awareness about the dreaded disease.

"Players taking part in major international matches will wear red ribbons, as a global show of support for people living with HIV, while the India and England teams will meet young people affected by HIV ahead of the seventh ODI in Delhi," an ICC release said.

ICC became the first international sports organisation to form a partnership with UNAIDS in 2003, and has also worked non-governmental organisations including UNICEF and the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) to deliver a variety of activities aimed at raising awareness of HIV/AIDS.

"The UNAIDS-ICC partnership is a good example of promoting social responsibility through sport," said Michel Sidibe, deputy executive director of UNAIDS.

"The game of cricket and its players have helped to raise awareness about HIV among young people and to break down barriers of stigma in many countries," he added.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said The ICC is proud of the contribution that cricket has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the past five years.

"We believe that we have led the way for sporting communities to make a difference on HIV/AIDS," he said.



Topics : Cricket India
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