India Wins Big At The Special Olympics; Medal Tally Reaches To 233

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Highlights

  • The latestmedal tally on March 19 sees Indian contingent holding 60 g old medals, 83 silver and 90 bronze medals.
  • The medals are won across Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Judo, Powerlifting, Table tennis, Roller skating, Basketball, Baseball Traditional, Handball Traditional and Football 7 side Female.
  • India also won 49 medals at the roller skating event.

India is winning big at the ongoing Special Olympics World Games 2019 taking place in Abu Dhabi, with the country’s medal tally reaching 233 on Tuesday. The tournament that started on March 14 will go on till March 21.

The Indian athletes have been performing exceptionally across sports – athletics, aquatics, cycling, judo, powerlifting, table tennis, roller skating, badminton, basketball traditional, handball traditional and football 7-side female.

 

Till March 19, the Indian contingent had won 60 gold, 83 silver and 90 bronze medals.

 

Different from Paralympics, the Special Olympics event involves participants with not just physical, but intellectual disabilities. Around 7500 special athletes from around 200 countries are participating in the ongoing World Games taking place at the Zayed Stadium.

Medal Haul in Roller Skating

Indian athletes performed beyond expectations in the roller skating event winning a total of 49 medals at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on Tuesday.

So far, the highest number of gold medals have come for India in roller skating. In the sport, India won 13 gold, 20 silver, and 16 bronze medals.

About Special Olympics 2019

 

Different from Paralympics, the Special Olympics event involves participants with not just physical, but intellectual disabilities. Around 7500 special athletes from around 200 countries are participating in the ongoing World Games taking place at the Zayed Stadium.

With more than 7,500 athletes from over 192 nations competing, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has become the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world and has set the benchmark for the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement.

Also Read: The Story of Sita Sahu, A Special Olympic Medalist

India at Special Olympics World Games 2019

A strong contingent of 378 athletes is representing India at the Special Olympics including 289 players and 73 coaches.

This is India’s ninth appearance at the Special Olympics World Games, which takes place every two years with the vision of treating all athletes equally.

On Sunday, teenager Jitendra Pawal beat poverty to win gold in 200m race in his division at the Dubai Police Stadium.

After winning the gold, in an interview with the Special Olympics correspondents, Jitender’s coach Harish said, “Despite his struggles, Jitendra never gave up his hope of participating in the World Games and eventually ended up winning the gold.”

In Judo, Sonu Kumar from Rohtak, Haryana won the gold medal by winning all three bouts. Muskan bagged a silver each in squat and bench press. She also won a gold in deadlifting.

Also Read: 7 Unsung Sports Heroes of India

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