Joy of sports: 700 athletes attend Special Olympics 2016 at LUMS

Event featured several sports including basketball and table tennis

Our Correspondent April 16, 2016
Olympian Kiran Khan and cricketer Muhammad Hafeez were guests of honour at the event. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Students from several institutions participated in Special Olympics 2016 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Saturday.

The LUMS Community Service Society (LCSS) had arranged the event in collaboration with Special Olympics Pakistan. Special Olympics 2016 – the flagship event of the Special Olympics Pakistan – is one of the largest events of its kind in Pakistan.

As many as 700 special athletes from Amin Maktab, the Rising Sun Institute, Roshni, Charkha, Compass, Falah Foundation and Children Welfare Centre (CWC) participated in the event.

The olympics featured various sports, including basketball and table tennis. A young athlete’s obstacle course was also set up for children aged 10 or below. Medals and tokens of appreciation were handed out to the participants.

Olympian Kiran Khan, the chief guest, praised the initiative. Cricketer Muhammad Hafeez was the other guest of honour at the ceremony. The Olympics-inspired ceremony had kicked-off with a march past by the participants accompanied by LCSS volunteers. Refreshments were provided after the games.

A human chain, titled The Friendship Circle, was formed to mark the end of the event. The purpose of the event was to provide a platform to children with physical or intellectual disabilities and give them an opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2016.