Yunus Centre Press Release
Professor Yunus met star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in Rio today. Prof Yunus urged him to get involved in youth and invited him to upcoming India social business forum. Prof Yunus also told the player that his 100th century was played just across the Grameen Bank office. Sachin talked about the great strides that Bangladesh team had made and especially praised the performance if Shakib Al Hasan. Tendulkar like Prof Yunus is also attending the Olympics at the invitation of the IOC. Photo: Lamiya Morshed/Yunus Centre.
Rio, Aug 7, 2016
Nobel laureate Professor Yunus met cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in Rio. They were in the VIP box of the stadium watching opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. They told each other how much they have been admiring each other over the years. During their conversation Professor Yunus mentioned to him that he reached his amazing record of 100th century at the stadium in Dhaka just across the Grameen Bank Building. Tendulkar fondly remembered the occasion. This is one of the highest points in his career.
Professor Yunus at one point wanted to know how he plans to spend his life after the conclusion of his glorious cricket career. He said he is trying to devote himself focusing on social work. Professor told him what a great social force he is. He inspires billions people in all age groups in all cricket-loving countries. Professor urged him to use his power to bring changes in lives of people at the bottom. His manager Narayan said he read Professor's book long time back and got very excited about the new frontier of using creative power to do things in ways which were never tried before.
Professor Yunus invited Tendulkar to participate in the Social Business Country Forum of India to be held in Mumbai on November 18-19 this year and Social Business Day in Dhaka on June 28-29, 2017, and visit social businesses created in Bangladesh over many years. Tendulkar expressed deep interest in social business events in India and and Bangladesh. He wishes to follow up on this discussion and expressed his desire to work with Professor Yunus to promote social business concept and actions in India.
On development of cricket in Bangladesh Tendulkar was upbeat on the fast strides that Bangladesh team had made. He especially praised the performance of Shakib Al Hasan. He made very positive comments on Bangladeshi players. He encouraged that they should continue to play with top international teams in order to continue their their impressive record.
Tendulkar is attending the Olympics at the invitation of the IOC.
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