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:
|Austria (largest contingent)||316|
|SO Bharat (India)||89|
Final Medal Tally
|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|
|Floor Hockey Female||16||16|
|Floor Hockey Male||16||16|
|Unified Floorball Male||6||6|
|Floorball Traditional Male||8||8|
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.