India make its mark on the World, says Special Olympics Bharat chief Mallika Nadda

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Mallika Nadda on Monday spoke about the growth of Special Olympics Bharat athletes and them making a mark on the World.

In light of the Snow Sports Coaching Camp held in Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh, in February, Dr Nadda said, “The Winter Games is a challenge for us. When we go down memory lane it was a very difficult step taken by Himachal to initiate snow games, events, and coaching camps, but as we began and as we went on with it, things started falling together.”

Athletes from Special Olympics Bharat took part in the World Winter Games for the first time in 1993 – it was a small yet efficient team that returned to India with medals, even after participating in the games for the first time.

“I am proud that our special athletes have been participating in the Winter Olympic Games throughout the world. They have made a mark in the Winter Olympics with a lot of medals and have given a lot of honour to the country,” she said.

Snow sports camps were started in the Himachal region in 2008 and involved a great effort by the coaches. “I salute our coaches who form the very backbone of our program. They are extremely sincere and hardworking and take extensive care of the special athletes.”

–IANS

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