US envoy lauds Índia’s baseball talent hunt winners

May 2nd, 2008 - 9:42 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) US Ambassador to India David C. Mulford Friday lavished praise on two Indians who won the “Million Dollar Arm Hunt”, a nationwide competition to identify the fastest baseball pitchers in India. Rinku Bhramdeen Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel, who won the prized contest, will be heading to Los Angeles, California, to train with top baseball professionals in that country. They will get one-year professional training under the sponsorship of J.B. Bernstein, a talent scout for Major League Baseball.

“This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for these young men, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity for Major League Baseball,” the US envoy said.

“In Major League Baseball there is a wide variety of participants from other nations, but there has been no representation at this point of any magnitude from the great nation of India,” he added.

The “Million Dollar Arm Hunt” was launched in India in December 2007 to find the fastest baseball pitcher in India as part of the quintessential American sport’s global hunt for talented athletes.

The two young professionals won a contract for $100,000 to train for one of the US’ premier sports leagues.

The competition began in India with a tour of 20 cities, followed by qualifying rounds in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Chandigarh, culminating with the final in Mumbai.

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