India’s ‘special’ athletes have done the country proud. In 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Indian athletes have won 73 medals, which include 37 gold medals.
- The team for specially-abled sportspersons of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) not only competed with 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries, but also won a total of 73 medals.
- In the event, held in Austria between March 18 and March 24, a total of 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals were added to India’s kitty.
- The games included seven disciplines including Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event.
- While three team events-Floors Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball-logged in 30 gold medals, the highest number in a single day, the ‘special’ women hockey team also collected 16 bronze medals. The Unified Floorball (Male) event won gold in a match against SO Nigeria.
- While Punjab lad Shamsher Singh opened the medal tally for India at the world winter games after they were thrown open on March 18, Himachal young woman Megha also created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in the games which were held in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau in Austria.