Unified Cup 2018 Chicago presented by Toyota
Special Olympics celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary with a series of events in Chicago USA, the birthplace of Special Olympics from 17-21 July 2018. The celebrations spread across the first ever Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by TOYOTA —with unified football where 24 female and male teams of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities from all over the world competed — to the lighting of the Eternal Flame of Hope monument, the Special Olympics Drive to the Global Day of Inclusion festival that concluded with a star-studded concert headlined by Chicago’s Chance the Rapper
50 years ago, the first Special Olympics competition was held in Chicago’s Soldier Field for young people with intellectual disabilities. The goal was to put a bright—and very public—spotlight on ability, not disability. On 20 July 1968, 1,000 athletes from Canada and the United States competed in over 200 events including swimming, floor hockey, and track and field.
Supported exclusively by Herbalife Nutrition, the premier global nutrition company, a Unified Football female team of six athletes with intellectual disability and five athletes without Intellectual Disability from India participated at the event following a series of training Camps held since March 2018. The participants and coaches arrived from the states of Delhi, Goa, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala and Rajasthan. Having practiced under the meticulous supervision of Mr Victor R Vaz, National Sports Director, SO Bharat and also regularly in their respective states, the team competed with Mexico, Egypt and Korea at the Unified Cup in Chicago (SOUFC 2018) ReportUnifiedCup2018
3rd South Asia Unified Cricket Tournament 2017
The 3rd South Asia Unified Cricket Tournament was held from 1-4 December 2017 at RDT Ananthapur Andhra Pradesh India. Held under the aegis of the Special Olympics-Asia Pacific Regional office, the event was supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Rural Development Trust (RDT), the Lions Clubs International and the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust. The Lions Clubs International and Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust support highlighted their joint commitment, Mission Inclusion: Bharat, which promises to augment promotion of Health needs and Unified Sports for SO Bharat
The tournament witnessed teams from SO Bangladesh , SO Serendib and SO Bharat participating in Unified Cricket on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2017. This was the third edition of the tournament, with the previous two held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2014 and 2016.
Between 30 November and 11 December 2017 the event was covered by 55 print media and 6 Digital Media Report
Special Olympics Golf Masters Macau Tournament 2017
Ankush Saha, Kushagra Gaur and Ranveer Saini , the Golfing trio from SO Bharat once again competed at the Special Olympics Golf Masters Macau tournament, held from 16th April to 22nd April 2017. They played 2 rounds of Golf at Level 5, the highest level, in a 36-hole tournament. While Ranveer won a gold medal Kushagra and Ankush won a bronze medal each, playing the senior category. The tournament was played under tough weather conditions of rain and winds upto speed of 30 knots and wet greens
The Special Olympics Golf Masters is the biggest Golf tournament for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, in the World. Inaugurated in 2012 with eight nations from the East Asian and Asia Pacific Regions, the tournament entered its sixth year witnessing participation of 26 delegations from 20 Countries. Over 100 golfers competed from across the world including USA, UK, Finland, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Denmark, India and Macau among others at the Caesars Golf Course Macau which is one of the toughest Golf courses in the region frequently hosting professional tournaments.
In the words of Dr (Cmdr) Kartikay Saini, Chairman, SO Bharat:
“It is a par 71 course, with hazards, lakes and OB (out of bounds) on almost every hole. Our athletes dared it all and endured with patience and professionalism”
Special Olympics Regional Asia Pacific Games 2013
The first edition of the Special Olympics Regional Asia Pacific Games took place in 2013, between November 28 to December 7 at Newcastle, Australia. They will take place once in every four years.The inaugural games saw participation of 29 Asia Pacific nations with 383 athletes from India. Special Olympics Bharat won a total haul of 387 medals, with 111 gold, 136 silver and 140 bronze.