Tiruchirapalli

Special students strike it rich at international sporting event

Medal winners of the World Summer Special Olympics with Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, fourth form left, in Tiruchi on Monday. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

Medal winners of the World Summer Special Olympics with Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, fourth form left, in Tiruchi on Monday. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam   | Photo Credit: R_M_RAJARATHINAM

Two golds. Two silvers. Five bronzes. So reads the tally of medals harvested by city athletes at the World Summer Special Olympics 2011 that concluded on July 5 at Athens. Seven special children have done the nation proud by their feats in the XIIIth edition of the largest international sporting event for persons with intellectual disabilities.

The Indian contingent going by the name Special Olympics Bharat was one of the largest delegations with 183 athletes who competed in 12 sports in an event that saw 7,000 athletes from over 100 countries, according to Paul Devasagham, Co-ordinater for the South West Zone. Special Olympics Tamil Nadu represented the country with two coaches including Mr. Paul and Mrs. Julia Vasanthi and nine athletes, of which seven hailed from the city. The total medal tally from India was 243 with 78 gold, 73 silver and 92 bronze.

District Collector, Jayashree Muralidharan honoured the champions with a cash award of Rs.5,000 each. R.Shyamala, District Differently Abled Welfare Officer, felicitated the athletes. While A.Sindhu Bhairavi (17) and M.Priya (15) from Asha Deepam School for Special Children, Crawford, returned home with bronze medals in the women's handball team, all five athletes from Vidivelli Special School emerged triumphant. Seventeen year old M.Chandrabose was the blue-eyed boy with two golds and one silver in roller skating.

V.Karthikeyan (18) bagged a bronze for men's volleyball, a feat echoed by his comrades M.Shanthi (17) and R.Praveena (17) in the women's handball team. Harisrinivasan (17) won silver in men's handball.

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