Sunil Manohar Gavaskar will be the "Stroke Ambassador for the country." The announcement comes at the inaugural function of "10th World Stroke Congress (WSC)" at HICC in Hyderabad on Wednesday night.
Indian Stroke Association who is hosting the World Stroke Congress along with World Stroke Organization made this announcement.
World Stroke Organization (WSO) is the only official WHO-affiliated NGO dedicated to the global fight against stroke.
WSC is the first ever congress held in India at Hyderabad. The announcement came in the presence of Dr. C. Laxma Reddy, Minister for Health Government of Telangana.
In his video message played for 2100 plus gathering of world-renowned stroke specialists, the Little Master Gavaskar said "in my cricketing career spanning for many years I was looking for strokes to score more runs. But, as I grow up and get old, there is one stroke I am afraid of, and it may disable me or finish my innings. That is the brain stroke".
I am happy to be "The Stroke Ambassador for India" to create awareness that strokes are treatable.
The announcement comes few days ahead of World Stroke Day which is observed every year on October 29.
Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. Stroke affects young people in India during their productive period of life. Let us conquer stroke, Gavaskar said in that video message.