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Indian sportspersons shine at Special Olympics

Members of Indian team at Special Olympics World Games celeberating the closing ceremony
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Members of Indian team at Special Olympics World Games celeberating the closing ceremony

Two students from CBM India supported Anbagam have won medals at Special Olympics World Games

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India’s sportspersons with disabilities have delivered an inspiring performance at the recently concluded ‘Special Olympics World Games 2015’ held at Los Angeles, United States. This achievement highlights that persons with disabilities can achieve their full potential in sports with the right training and support.

India’s highest haul of 47 medals came from athletics events – 17 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze. The team bagged 39 medals in roller skating events – 10 gold, 17 silver and 12 bronze. The third highest haul of 32 medals came from powerlifting events – two gold, six silvers and 24 bronze. India also debuted in several disciplines at the games, including softball, golf and Unified Football. 

CBM supported Anbagam contributes to the glory

CBM India supported Anbagam, Institution for the Mentally Retarded, based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, contributed to this moment of national pride with two of its students with intellectual disabilities bagging medals for India. 

Devi, 12, grabbed Silver medals in the 1000 and 300 meters roller skating events. She began training at the age of nine and was the youngest member of the Tamil Nadu contingent. Manikandan, 19, won a Bronze medal in the Unified Football event. 

CBM has been supporting Anbagam since 1977. The project aims to reach children with intellectual disabilities and equip them with knowledge and skills necessary to lead a life of independence and dignity.
India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian contingent on the outstanding performance. “The Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics were a triumph of determination, hard work and sportsman spirit. Congratulations to all athletes who participated,” he said in message posted on the Prime Minister Office website.  
With 6,500 athletes, 2,000 coaches – representing 165 countries –, 30,000 volunteers and an estimated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – held from 25th July to 2nd August, 2015 – were among one of the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event
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