The Indian team wins 173 medals at the Special Olympics

At the event, a team of specially-abled people, residents of Asha Kiran Home in Delhi, won 3 gold and 4 bronze medals.


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In our country, the monopoly wielded by cricket in terms of popularity is occasionally challenged by the rise of one or two sportspersons in other forms of athletics and sports – be it Saina Nehwal in badminton, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati in tennis, Mary Kom in boxing or Vishwanathan Anand in chess. However, at the much lesser publicised Special Olympics held in Los Angeles, the 275 strong Indian squad across 14 disciplines managed to bag 173 medals. Overall, India has finished 3rd on the table, next to USA and China.

At the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles, the 275 strong Indian squad across 14 disciplines managed to bag 173 medals. Overall, India has finished 3rd on the table, next to USA and China.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games was a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities held from July 25 to August 2, 2015, in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement, hosting around 6,500 athletes from 177 countries.

History was created as Ranvir Singh Saini became the first Indian golfer to win a gold medal. Ranvir was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 and picked up golf as a therapeutic tool at the age of 9. The Indian Golf Union, the apex body of the sport, backed Saini’s passion for golf, providing him with a coach and training facilities. Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh congratulated Ranveer by telling the PTI, “We as human beings can learn a lot from this achievement of Ranveer. We can learn that nothing is impossible and that hard work will give you positive results. One can learn that if the desire is there, nothing can stop you from realizing your dreams,”

Female athletes too performed outstandingly well. In fact, Phoolan Devi, won the first gold for India in power-lifting. She also won three bronze medals in power-lifting (all lifts, dead-lift and squat lift). Phoolan was abandoned on the streets of New Delhi when she was 16, and was moved to the Home by the police.

Another girl, Sonakshi won a bronze in power-lifting.

Apart from this, roller skating athletes showed outstanding performance as well, winning 39 medals comprising 10 gold, 17 silver and 12 bronze. 14 year old Pradeep Sekhon, hailing from Lucknow, won 2 gold medals in this category.

A team of specially-abled people, who are residents of Asha Kiran Home in Delhi, won 3 gold medals and 4 bronze medals. Indian athletes won 47 medals in athletics, which was the main contribution to the medal’s tally.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian team, tweeting:

 

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