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Sheila Dikshit felicitates Special Olympics medalists'
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit felicitated Special Olympics Bharat - Delhi Medal Winners who participated at the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in South Korea in January 2013. The ceremony was held from 5:30 to 7:30 in a warm evening at the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Sheila Dikshit entered the venue applauding the athletes even before learning about their victory, outlining the importance of participation over victory, keeping in line with athlete’s oath: ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’

The event started with an address by Air Marshal Keelor, who welcomed the Chief Minister and spoke about the World Winter Games, which was held earlier this year. She gave away certificates to athletes and congratulated them on this great achievement. Scholarship awards will be given to these children next year as well.

Air Marshal (Retd) Denzil Keelor, Chairman, Special Olympics Bharat along with Air Marshal (Retd) Malik and Air Marshal (Retd) Garkal, President and Vice-President, SO-Bharat Delhi were present at the ceremony to share the joy and pride felt by athletes in Korea. 14 athletes and 3 coaches were present to receive the honour in presence of their parents and supporters.

Special Olympics Bharat took this opportunity to honour Mr. Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group, of Iskate Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, for their technical support and for training Indian athletes in Speed Skating and Figure Skating.

The Indian delegation returned from the Games with an impressive tally of 13 Gold, 16 Silver and 16 Bronze medals, out of which the Delhi athletes won 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Special Olympics is an international organization, which works in the field of sports, health, education and community building. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4.2 million athletes across 170 countries.

With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year. In every two years, thousands of Special Olympics Athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics.

While sports remains the mainstay of the Special Olympics program, the capacity of the athletes are constantly developed through regular training and additional initiatives that help strengthen the athletes - mentally , physically and emotionally.

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