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A Gathering of Champions: Special Olympics Bharat Athletes Take the World Stage

When passion, determination, and a sense of purpose come together, miracles happen. The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2023, which is set to be held in Berlin, Germany, is a stage where such miracles unfold as athletes from around the world, including those from Special Olympics Bharat, come together to defy odds and showcase their exceptional talents.

On 8th June 2023, a torch run and send-off ceremony were held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi to commemorate the extraordinary journey of athletes representing Special Olympics Bharat. Not just an event, this was a moment of national pride and recognition for the athletes who have tirelessly worked to represent India on the global stage.

The event was graced by distinguished personalities, including the Hon’ble Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Mr. Anurag Thakur, and Hon’ble Union Minister Ms. Smriti Irani. Their presence signified the importance and value of sports in fostering inclusive development and national pride.

One of the significant contributors and supporters of Special Olympics Bharat is Herbalife, a global health and wellness company. They have extended their partnership as an official partner and are dedicated to promoting inclusivity, empowerment, and sports development in India.

Mr. Ajay Khanna, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Herbalife, expressed how honored they are to be a part of this momentous occasion. Herbalife’s commitment is not just financial but extends to ensuring that the athletes are nutritionally fortified to take on the intense competition they will face.

With 7,000 athletes and unified partners across 190 delegations participating in 26 sports, the Special Olympics World Summer Games is the world’s largest inclusive sporting event. It’s not just about winning; it’s about changing lives, inspiring others, and breaking the barriers that often sideline individuals with intellectual disabilities.

As the athletes from Special Olympics Bharat set foot in Berlin, they carry with them not just the hopes and dreams of a nation but also the indomitable spirit that defines human endurance and capability. Let’s cheer for these champions as they embark on a journey of a lifetime.


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