Coldplay in Mumbai: Leander Paes to bring gender equality to Global Citizen spectacle

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 13:10 IST | Agencies

Tennis ace Leander Paes has joined the Global Citizen India movement to end extreme poverty in the country by 2030. He will be a guest speaker at the concert today

Leander Paes
Leander Paes

Tennis ace Leander Paes has joined the Global Citizen India movement to end extreme poverty in the country by 2030. He will be a guest speaker at the concert today.

"I am so delighted to be invited to be a guest speaker at the Global Citizen's Concert. It is a great initiative and I commend the organisers for the awareness they bring to various issues of the world through this platform," Paes said in a statement.

Paes will promote gender equality. "In my career as a tennis player, I have played and won quite a few Grand Slam titles. But I especially cherish the ones with my mixed doubles partners. The way we complemented each other's strengths, made it so much more special and memorable. Our job was to put the ball in the other team's court," Paes said.

"Who did it, didn't matter. We played to win each time we went out. We played as one. And we contributed equally to our success. Without my mixed doubles partners, I wouldn't be half as successful," Paes said.

The inaugural Global Citizen Festival India will see participation from international as well as Indian celebrities, with British band Coldplay making their debut performance in the country.

 

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