Indian contingent off to strong start across multiple sports


The Indian delegation is off to a terrific start in several sports

The Special Olympics World Games in Berlin started with an exciting opening ceremony followed by a day filled with divisions events held across the city. The Indian contingent participated in divisioning events for 14 out of the 16 sports.

The standout performances of the day came from the Indian swimmers, with 11 out of 12 athletes qualifying for the semi-finals in the 25m freestyle, 25m breaststroke, and 50m breaststroke categories. Additionally, four Indian athletes qualified for the semi-finals in Athletics.

The Indian Men’s Football team and Women’s Football team competed in the group stages of 7-a-side matches. The Men’s team achieved a draw against Saint Lucia, while the Women’s team secured a victory over SO Israel.

indian contingent off to strong start across multiple sports
four Indian athletes qualified for the semi-finals in Athletics

During the day, Special Olympics announced the establishment of the Global Leadership Coalition for Inclusion, which aims to promote inclusive practices in education and sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Governments, industries, philanthropic organizations, and the development community have come together to support this effort, with a commitment to expand inclusive sports and education opportunities for over 2 million young people in more than 150,000 schools worldwide.

The Coalition’s discussions with Special Olympics Bharat and the Ministry of Education in India have already begun to introduce inclusive sports formats in schools and colleges.

The second day of the Games will feature additional divisional events, and the medal rounds are expected to commence on Tuesday.


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