RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday met some of the members of Pakistani contingent which participated and brought back medals in the 2015 Special Olympics.
The eight athletes who met the army chief were part of a 55-member contingent which participated and bagged a rich haul of 35 medals at the 2015 Los Angeles Games that started in July and concluded in August.
COAS appreciated the performance of players in Special Olympics and said that our youth is full of talent and the entire nation is proud of its future heroes.
He further said that the athletes took this daunting challenge and overcame all barriers to keep the “green” flag high due to their outstanding performance and commitment in different sports events, read an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
The 55-member Pakistan contingent took part in 9 disciplines and won medals in 8 with cycling bringing in as many as six gold medals.
The athletes were welcomed on July 25 in a star-studded ceremony at the arena, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.
Away from the competitions, thousands of athletes lined up at a medical centre at the University of Southern California for the games’ Healthy Athletes program.
Before it ended in August, more than 500 people, including some who could not hear at all, received needed hearing aids. More than 600 received new prescription glasses and more than 4,000 got new shoes.
The Special Olympics, which began in 1968, was the brainchild of President John Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
That first year’s games in Chicago drew about 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada. Organisers say this year’s Special Olympics will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.