Special Olympics Pakistan held a Grand Reception to honour the Pakistan Delegation for the World Games 2019, being held in Abu Dhabi from 8th-21st March, 2019.
The evening included all 92 athletes from across Pakistan who will be participating in 10 sports,along with the Special Olympics Pakistan staff, volunteers, families, sponsors and dignitaries from various countries, including UAE Deputy Consul General, Bakheet Ateeq Al-Romaithi; German Consul General, Eugen Wollfarth; Italian Consul General, Anna Ruffino;US Consul General, JoAnne Wagner; Indonesian Consul General, Totok Prianmoto; and Turkish Consul General, Tolga UCAK; Japanese Consul General (Acting), Katsunori Ashida.
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Former Governor, StateBank of Pakistan and former Federal Ministerof Finance, Government of Pakistan was theChief Guest of the evening.
Pakistan WE-NET is supporting the participation of girl athletes in Special Olympics Pakistan’s team to the World Games taking place in Abu Dhabi from 14-21 March, 2019.The UAE’s capital will stage the most unified Special Olympics World Games in the history of the Special Olympics, with more than 170 participating countries, 7000+ Athletes, 2500+ coaches and delegations, 3000 honored guests and 20,000 volunteers in the World Games. Pakistan will betaking part in 10 out of 24 sports at the Special Olympics 2019 world summer games.
Special Olympics Pakistan will be participating in these games with a contingent of 92 athletes(55 Male and 37 Female), participating in the following 10 sports:
- Table Tennis
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadershipprograms every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people withintellectual disabilities. Special Olympics began its mission to break down barriers and create amore inclusive world.
Special Olympics works towards transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through the ‘Power of Sports.’ Pakistan joined the Special Olympics movement in 1989 with around 20 registered athletes. The organization now has over 28,000 registered athletes, over 750 coaches and over 3,000 volunteers with more than 330 competitions held by 2018. Special Olympics Pakistan operates by holding trainings and competitions across the country, with its Head Office in Karachi and Regional Offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.It also has a presence in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan.