Pakistan’s special athletes made an impressive start on the opening day of the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, showcasing their exceptional talent and determination.
In the athletics event held at the Olympia Stadium, several Pakistani athletes achieved noteworthy milestones. Samina Bibi and Mohammad Bashar secured spots in the finals of the 50m race, while Ammara Brahim qualified for the 200m race final. Abdul Haseeb displayed outstanding performance and made it to the 800m race final.
Fiza Abbasi (200m), Man Bibi (400m), and Mirwaiz (1500m) demonstrated their skills and advanced to the semi-finals. Muhammad Luqman and Manahil reached the quarter-finals of the 100m event, showcasing their speed and agility. Additionally, Umair Kayani qualified for the semi-finals in the shot put event.
In a remarkable achievement, Pakistan’s athletes secured third place in their heat during the semi-final of the 4×400 mixed relay, earning them a place in the final.
Prior to the Games, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed his best wishes to the 87-member delegation of differently-abled athletes representing Pakistan in the Special Olympics. He expressed confidence in their abilities and urged them to bring honor to the country through their talent and determination. The prime minister emphasized the hard work and preparations the athletes had put in and highlighted the nation’s support and prayers for their success.
The Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany, will continue from June 17 to June 25, 2023. This international sporting event brings together 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from around 190 countries to compete in 26 sports. The athletes will be accompanied by over 3,000 coaches and supported by 20,000 volunteers, creating an inclusive and empowering environment for all participants.