Indian athletes grab 18 medals in Special Olympics World Winter Games

Mar 23, 2017 15:02 IST

Special Olympics World Winter GamesSpecial athletes of India won 18 medals so far in the ongoing 2017 Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

The medal tally includes six gold, four silver and eight bronze.

Over 2600 athletes from 105 nations are taking part in the competition. The team of 89 differently-abled sports persons of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) is participating in the event.

Six special athletes for ‘Alpine skiing’ and ‘snowboarding’ fetched the gold for India on the third day of the competition.

On the other hand, Shamsher Singh won a silver for the country on the first day of the competition. He bagged a silver medal at snow shoeing- form of hiking in the snow with special foot wear-100m race. Jyoti Bala clinched bronze medal for the same sport.

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About Special Olympics World Games

The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The competition is organized by Special Olympics.

Special Olympics World Games take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games, a schedule similar to the Olympics and Paralympics.

• The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago, US, in 1968.

The first International Special Olympics Winter Games were held in February 1977 in Steamboat Springs, US.

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