UP pitchers Rinku, Dinesh meet Obama, Ronaldinho

Last Updated: May 27, 2010, 13:27 PM IST

New Delhi: It was a weekend to remember
for Uttar Pradesh-born US baseball league players Rinku Singh
and Dinesh Patel as they met US President Barack Obama and
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho at the White House in
Washington DC.

Two years ago Rinku and Dinesh were struggling to make
ends meet in their respective villages in UP when they found
their calling in baseball after winning a pitching contest
through the `Million Dollar Arm Hunt` reality show.

Both Rinku and Dinesh were then flown to US where they
first trained under University of Southern California pitching
coach Tom House and then earned a Major League contract with
Pittsburgh Pirates.

On Sunday, Rinku and Dinesh got an invitation from Obama
and landed up at the White House where they met a host of
dignitaries, including US House of Representatives Speaker
Nancy Pelosi, the AC Milan football team and its star forward
Ronaldinho and Hollywood actor Kal Penn Modi among others.

"President Obama came to us and shook our hands and said
it`s nice to meet you. This is a very big honour. We still
cannot believe that we met President Obama," the duo wrote in
their blog.

"We met Nancy Pelosi. She is a very important person in
the United States. She is very nice. We were very surprised to
see that so many important people in the United States wanted
to meet us. This is a very big honour. We thank all the people
at the White House and Pirates for this trip.”

"In the evening, we went to the reception organised for
the DC United soccer team and AC Milan soccer team. We met
many soccer players. We met the best soccer player in world
Ronaldino. We also had breakfast with Kal Penn Modi on Monday
morning," they wrote.

PTI

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