On June 12th, the 280-member Indian contingent, which included 198 athletes, departed for the German capital Berlin to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. The team had the chance to meet Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) Anurag Singh Thakur at the send-off ceremony on 8 June, prior to their trip to Germany.
The Indian side also participated in a training camp at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi ahead of the international competition, in which over 7000 athletes from 190 nations will compete.
The Special Olympics World Games is an international sporting event for participants with intellectual disabilities, organized by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organization. The Games aims to showcase the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities at a global stage. The World Games feature more than a week of competitions involving thousands of athletes.
The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 will be held at 15 different venues across Berlin from June 17 to June 25. A total of 24 sports including swimming, athletics, badminton and football will be a part of the prestigious event.