India Finished With Tally Of 368 Medals In Special Olympics 2019
India created history by clinching 368 medals, including 85 gold, at the Special Olympics World Summer Games which was held at Abu Dhabi, UAE from March 14 to 21.
The Indian team of 284 athletes also won 154 silver and 129 bronze medals during the prestigious event.
Showing the brilliant performance, Indian powerlifters bagged the maximum number of medals- 20 gold, 33 silver and 43 bronze while Roller Skating team earned India 49 medals – 13 gold, 20 silver and 16 bronze.
In cycling, the Indians won 11 gold, 14 silver and 20 bronze to total 45 medals, while the country’s track and field athletes returned with 39 medals – 5 gold, 24 silver and 10 bronze.
This is by far the best performance by Team Bharat at the Special Olympics.
The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games was a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. It was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.
This was India’s ninth appearance at the event, which takes place every two years. With a vision of treating all athletes equally, the Special Olympics event offers a chance to individuals with not just physical but also intellectual disabilities to compete in any sport.
The next Special Olympic Games are set to take place in Sweden in 2021.
- Olympics games were started in 776 BC on Mount Olympia in the honour of Greek God “Zeus”,
- The modern Olympic Games were started in Athens the capital of Greece on 6th April, 1896 with great efforts made by French nobleman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
- The Olympics Games are organised after every four years.
- The Olympic flag is made up of White Silk and contains five interviewed rings as the Olympic Emblem.
- The five interlaced rings are arranged in 3-2 pattern on a white background, with the blue ring to the extreme left, followed by yellow, black, green and red, in the same order. Blue for Europe, Black for Africa, Red for Americas(North and South America), Yellow for Asia and Green for Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
- The Official Olympic Motto is “Cititus, Altius, Forties”, a Latin Phrase meaning Swifter, Higher, Stronger.
- The Head Office of International Olympics Committee (IOC) is at Susanne (Switzerland).
8.Next games will be held at Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
The Paralympic Games are an independent, but officially endorsed Spin-Off of the Olympic Games for extraordinary athletes who just so happen to have disabilities; and here, that’s something to be embraced. They are traditionally held a few weeks following the conclusion of the Summer or Winter Olympic Games (which gives organizers ample time to make any necessary adjustments to the venues for Paralympic sports, and of course, replace all the Olympic livery with often similar Paralympic livery), and have historically been the smaller underdog to the Olympics.