India made proud at Special Olympics as contingent grabs 173 medals! Special Olympics began in the year 1968 for people with intellectual disabilities and has since become a tradition. It has originated specially for people with intellectual disabilities and has since become a tradition.These competitions include the Special Olympics World Games, which alternate between summer and winter games. Special Olympics World Games are held every two years.
The Games were held in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. It had competitions in 25 disciplines.India competed at the coveted event against 160 other countries and came out with glorious results. The 275-member strong Indian contingent made the country proud by pocketing 173 medals at the Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles out of which 47 are gold medals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all participants and medal winners who made India proud at the Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles.
Modi has tweeted that
- “Achievements of Indian contingent at @LA2015 @SpecialOlympics are truly gladdening. They are India’s pride”
- “The @LA2015 @SpecialOlympics were a triumph of determination, hard work & sportsman spirit. Congratulations to all athletes who participated,”
The Indian contingent comprised 275 athletes and coaches in 14 disciplines.
Earlier: “India had won 156 medals – 56 gold, 48 silver and 52 bronze – in the last edition of the games held in Athens, Greece.”
This year : “The Indian contingent made every Indian proud by winning 47 gold medals, 54 silver medals and 72 bronze medals. India won the most medals in athletics and roller skating.
- Phoolan Devi won the first gold for India in power-lifting (bench press). She also won three bronze medals in power-lifting (all lifts, dead-lift and squat lift), while Sonakshi won a bronze in power-lifting (bench press).
- Ranveer Singh Saini’s Gold was the highlight after the young autistic golfer created history by giving India their first top podium finish in the sport.
- 13-year old Ishant Tudeja bagged a gold and a bronze medal. India overall bagged 10 gold medals in roller skating.
From these statistics Mukta Narain Thind, Special Olympics Bharat’s national director (organisation development), said it was an improvement from last year.
“Next is the winter Olympics in Austria in 2017 which will be our main focus. The athletes will start training from October this year,” she said.