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Preparatory Camp for Special Olympics Bharat to be held on Aug 21
Special Olympics Bharat offers over 24 Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities. The programme has so far drawn over 61,803 coaches to work with over 8,50,875 athletes across 31 state programes.

THE OPENING ceremony of the Preparatory Camp for the World Winter Games will take place on 21st August at 10 a.m. at the Practice Auditorium, Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi. In the camp, the Special Olympics Bharat will announce names of the 86 athletes, coaches and staff who will go on to represent India at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter games.

Promoted as the world’s largest sporting event in 2013, the winter games will take place in Pyong Chang, South Korea, which is also the host of the 2018 Olympics Winter Games, from January 29 to February 5, 2013.

Nearly 3,300 athletes from 120 countries will come to this mountain resort. Athletes on the Indian national team will be competing at the international level for the very first time.

Special Olympics Bharat has over 24 Olympic-style individual and team sports to enable training and competition opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities. More than 61,803 coaches have been involved in the Special Olympics so far to work with more than 8,50,875 athletes in 31 state programes. India being designated a Priority Nation by Special Olympics International, the aim is to extend Special Olympics programme across the country, and reach over one lakh people with intellectual disability every year.

Those selected to the national team will compete in four of the seven sports, including alpine sking, snowboarding, snowshoeing and floor hockey. According to National Director of Special Olympics Bharat Ali Kazim these atheletes are among the top of their field and have overcome to excel in all they do and they will make our country very proud.

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