khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

New Delhi, The Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation by Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 Special News Report by Ajit Singh: The SO Bharat contingent will return to India with 37 Gold, 10 Silver and 26 Bronze summing to 73 Medals following their participation at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.

India had sent 89 Athletes to compete at the mega event that witnessed participation of 2500 Athletes from 105 Nations:

Number of Athletes from few Countries

Austria (largest contingent) 316
SO USA 139
SO Canada 108
SO Bharat (India) 89
SO China 74
SO Korea 65
SO Nippon 54


Final Medal Tally

Sport Discipline Gold Silver Bronze Total
Snowshoeing- 100mtrs   1 1 5
Snowshoeing- 50mtrs   1 2
Alpine skiing (novice Giant Slalom) 2 2 2 10
Alpine skiing (Slalom) 1 1 2
Snow boarding (novice Giant Slalom) 2   2 8
Snow boarding (Slalom) 2 2  
Speed Skating( 111mtrs)   2 1 3
Figure Skating   1   1
Floor Hockey Female     16 16
Floor Hockey Male 16     16
Unified Floorball Male 6     6
Floorball Traditional Male 8     8
Total 37 10 26 73


Special Athletes bring Glory and Glitter to the Nation

The Unified Floorball Team Female secured the 5th place while the Female Floorball (traditional) team ranked 6th.

khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

It is pertinent to note, the contingent created an unprecedented record of winning three Gold medals in three team events played the same day – 23 March 2017.

Unified Floorball Male, Floor Hockey male and Floor ball Traditional male- clashing with teams from Nigeria, Lithuania and Austria


The Indian contingent arrives in the intervening night of 25 and 26 March 2017.

Details below:

Arrival                     Flight Details           Time                        Airport  

Munich – Delhi      LH – 762(85 pax coming)     00.20T3 Terminal,   I.G.Int Airport

Frankfurt – Delhi  LH – 760 (40 pax coming)      01.30T3  Terminal,  I.G.Int. Airport

The Special Olympics Bharat Leadership team @ the Games Venue :

Mr Victor R Vaz , National Sports Director, SO Bharat, Head of the Delegation Team SO Bharat

Dr. Mrs Mallika Nadda and Dr DG Chaudhary, Trustee Members SO Bharat

Ms Mukta Narain Thind, National Director- Organization Development, SO Bharat

Ms Rashim Sood, SO Bharat- Himachal Pradesh Chapter

khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

A delegation of 140 Athletes, Coaches, (89 Athletes and 23 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


An estimated   2,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 105 nations have gathered in Austria for the World Winter Games. The Games 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 signaled the beginning of eight days of sporting competition.

An estimated 1000 media professionals from around the world are in attendance to 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, venue for the first World Winter Games outside USA The Indian contingent in 1993 returned with a single gold medal.

khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

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

India’s Past Performance at the SO World Winter Games

Year Place Athletes Coaches Hod Total Gold Silver Bronze Total
1993 Austria 12 5 0 20 1 0 0 1
1997 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 USA 12 5 1 18 0 0 1 1
2005  Japan 16 3 3 22 0 0 0 0
2009 USA 49 13 2 64 7 8 2 17
2013 SKorea 59 19 1 79 28 31 16 75


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 are participating for training and mentorship on how to make their communities more inclusive of people with Intellectual Disabilities. Representation from India comes through 3 Youth leaders and one Mentor 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:

We were stunned to find three teams winning gold medals, remarkably on the same day. A result like this is a reflection of the skills, sincerity and commitment of our Athletes, Coaches and Staff.

 We are grateful to Our Supporters


About Special Olympics Bharat

Special Olympics Bharat is a National Sports Federation having over 12 lakh Special Athletes registered. It is accredited by Special Olympics Inc, Washington, to conduct Special Olympics Programs all over India.

It organizes Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries.

With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year.

Special Olympics Bharat organizes sports and competitions at various levels- local, district, state, national and international and based on abilities and performance athletes cross each level to participate at higher consecutive levels.

khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

While sports remains the mainstay of the Special Olympics Program the capacity of the athletes are constantly developed through regular trainings and additional initiatives that help strengthen the athletes- mentally , physically and emotionally.

khabarspecial/Special Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation Athletes Bring Glory and Glitter to The Nation

Special Olympics Bharat is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports ,Government of India as a National Sports Federation in the Priority Category for the development of Sports for Persons with Intellectually Disability and has been designated as the Nodal Agency by the Government for all disabilities on account of its national presence, outreach and experience. Special Olympics Bharat works across all States and Union Territories in India reaching out to 679 districts.

Language Guidelines

Words matter. Words can open doors to cultivate the understanding and respect that enable people with disabilities to lead fuller, more independent lives.

Words also can create barriers or stereotypes that are not only demeaning to people with disabilities, but also rob them of their individuality. Special Olympics uses the term “intellectual disabilities.”

  • Use “people-first language.” Refer to individuals, persons or people with intellectual disabilities, rather than “intellectually disabled people” or “the intellectually disabled.”
  • People have intellectual disabilities, rather than are “suffering from,” “afflicted with” or “a victim of” intellectual disabilities.