With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, along with the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from March 23, all the focus, all the media glare is on these two events. The IPl, like every year grabbed the entire sporting attention, whereas, politically, world’s greatest democracy is quite not calm.
— Mamta Sharma Das (@thebohobaalika) March 20, 2019
Among all these significant events, we are busy focusing on, that we don’t even know there was a Special Olympics going on in the United Arabs Emirates, where Indian athletes performed exceedingly well and brought home 362 medals. Yes, India alone won 49 medals at the roller skating event, 13 gold,20 silver and 16 bronze medals.
The Special Olympics World Games 2019 started on March 14 and will go on till 21st March, where Indian athletes’ exceptional performances in sports like roller skating, judo, aquatics, table tennis, basketball traditional, powerlifting, badminton, handball traditional,cycling and football 7-side female.
Special Olympics event is quite different from Paralympics, as participants are intellectually disabled too. Overcoming all the hardships, over 7500 special athletes joined the event from around 200 countries. This became one of the most unified Games in the 50 year old history of the Special Olympics.
From India, 289 athletes along with 73 coaches represented our nation at one of the largest sports humanitarian event. With an outstanding vision of hope and equality, this event takes place every two years and this is India’s ninth appearance.
In Judo, Sonu Kumar from Rohtak won gold medal, teenager Jitendra Pawal won gold in 200m race whereas Muskan bagged a silver in squat and bench press. 18 year old Anu Chennekota won gold in the 16-21 division-3 category of paddlers.19 year old Manali Manoj from Maharashtra won a gold and a bronze in powerlifting.
India crosses 300 medal tally mark at #SpecialOlympicsWorldGames2019.
Latest medal tally
Gold 🥇 – 85
Silver 🥈 – 153
Bronze 🥉 – 124
Total = 362 pic.twitter.com/BWyPiEXaLt
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 20, 2019
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 19, 2019
Meanwhile Some good news away from politics.
India on 2nd position in Medal tally with 37 Gold medals in Special Olympic Games
In overall medal tally india holds 1st position with 125 Medal#SpecialOlympicsWorldGames2019 pic.twitter.com/TwBRowVwp4
— 🇮🇳 HaRsH gArG 🇮🇳 (@Harsh4uever) March 19, 2019
Daughter of domestic worker wins gold🥇, silver 🥈at #SpecialOlympics
Sabita took up table tennis 🏓 only in 2015 after finding out that she liked it better than badminton🏸
— Times of India (@timesofindia) March 19, 2019
— Chowkidar Nikita Thakur (@thakur_niki06) March 20, 2019
— chowkidar Dr.sushi (@rude_witch25) March 20, 2019
With over 7500 athletes from 192 nations, this fifty year old sports glory made history this year.