Special Indian athletes win 387 medals in Asia pacific Olympic Games
Indian special athletes have brought laurels to the natio with an impressive haul of 387 medals in the first ever Asia pacific Olympic Games held in Australia. India won 111 gold, 136 Silver and 140 Bronze in sporting events such as Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Badminton, Bocce, Cricket, Football, Table Tennis.
Around 2200 athletes from 29 nations of the Asia Pacific region participated in the 'Land of the Kangaroos.'
The Special Olympics Bharat contingent of 520 athletes, coaches and staff participated at the inaugural Special Olympics Regional Asia Pacific Games. The opening ceremony that took place on 1 December, signaling the start of the games. After conducting Sports competitions, the closing ceremony held at Foreshore Park brought the games to an official close.
It was for the first time that Special Olympics Bharat sent such a big delegation for an international event. Special Olympics hosted its inaugural Asia pacific Games in Australia, highlighting their unique model of change, combining sports for social change, good health for people with intellectual disabilities, education of the youth as agents of change and community development to foster inclusion.
The Games were conducted to unite the Asia pacific region through sports and celebrate the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, forming a new vision of acceptance.