India concluded their campaign at the Special Olympics World Games 2023, amassing an astonishing 202 medals, of which an impressive count of 76 are gold medals. The final triumphs in athletics brought the total tally to a resounding victory.
On the closing day, Indian athletes shone in the track events, clinching a total of six medals. Aanchal Goyal and Ravimathi Arumugam achieved the pinnacle of success in the 400m race, claiming gold in their respective categories. Saket Kundu demonstrated his exceptional talent by winning bronze in the Level B 400m race, achieving a rare feat in track and field. He had previously secured a silver medal in the mini javelin Level B.
In the grand panorama of the Special Olympics World Games, India stood tall. With a remarkable medal count of 76 gold, 75 silver, and 51 bronze, India shone. This global multi-sport spectacle celebrates the unity, diversity, and exceptional abilities of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
As the day drew to a close, the Indian participants, along with numerous others, gathered at the iconic Brandenburg Gate. In the heart of the historic city, all the athletes partook in a deeply moving, stirring, and triumphant closing ceremony.
Commenting on the performance of the Indian contingent at the Games, Mallika Nada, the chairperson of Special Olympics Bharat, expressed her views by stating,
”A huge number of our athletes have faced social discrimination of various forms, and are regarded as non-functioning members of society in various quarters. It is an obsolete thought and an inaccurate one too. Their performance in the sporting arena proves that they are capable of great feats, or strength, speed, concentration and discipline. And I hope this opens the eyes of those on the outside and proves that we need to expand this movement further and make it more inclusive.”
A total of 198 athletes and unified partners, accompanied by 57 coaches, formed the Indian contingent. The Indian contingent passionately participated in 16 different sports.