Delhi, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 Special News Report by Sanvi Singh: The Special Olympics Bharat contingent is ready to leave for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.
A delegation of 140 Athletes, Coaches, Staff, Officials, families and Youth Leaders would represent Special Olympics Bharat in 7 sports namely, Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event. The Contingent represents 18 states of India, namely:
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh , Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, West Bengal
The National team would leave for the Games on 13 March 2017 An estimated 2,700 Special Olympics Athletes from 107 nations will gather in Austria in March for the World Winter Games.
The Games will feature nine different winter sports in venues located in the cities of Graz, Schladming and Ramsau.
A spectacular Opening Ceremony at the Stadium Planai in Schladming on March 18th will signal the beginning of eight days of sporting competition.
It is expected that 1000 media professionals from around the world will attend and cover the biggest sporting and humanitarian event in 2017 – the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
The Special Olympics Bharat team has been participating at the World Winter Games since 1993 beginning its participation with 12 Athletes and 5 Coaches in Austria, also the location for the upcoming Winter Games.
The delegation in 1993 returned with a single gold medal. India’s numbers progressed rapidly reaching 75 medals including 28 Gold, 31Silver and 16 Bronze with participation of 59 Athletes at the previous SO World Winter games 2013 held in South Korea
Youth Summit From 16 March to 22 March, 2017, Special Olympics will host the GenUin: Social Impact Summit as part of the Special Olympics World Games 2017 in Graz, Austria.
Youth leaders from all around the world will convene for training and mentorship on how to make their communities more inclusive of people with Intellectual Disabilities.
3 Youth leaders and one Mentor will represent India at the Summit. Healthy Athlete Program While the sports competitions go on, Healthy Athlete screenings across all the Athletes at the World Games will be carried out simultaneously.
The six disciplines are, Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Fun fitness, Fitfeet, Health Promotion and Healthy Hearing In the words of Air Marshal Denzil Keelor PVSM, KC, AVSM, VrC , Founder & CEO, SO Bharat:
I feel proud to announce that the SO Bharat Athletes are ready to face competition on a global platform and that too in Winter Sports, an area which remains largely unexplored by the mainstream segment.
The contingent consisting of 90 Athletes is bigger than ever and despite experiencing a largely hot weather throughout the year the Special Athletes with steadfast support of the Coaches are geared up to represent India.
I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to every individual and every organization who has come forward to recognize the abilities of the athletes and to make it possible for us show such strength. I wish my best to all our Athletes and Coaches