World Games

12002619_10154233691602942_3920599204829416530_oA total of 1258 Special Olympics Bharat athletes have participated in nine World Summer Games and six World Winter Games between 1987 and 2019.They have won 444 gold, 508 silver and 552 bronze medals in the world summer and world winter games winning a combined count of 1504 Medals.

The selection of the Athletes is done through following a set of guidelines 

Based on these guidelines, a comprehensive selection criterion has been formulated in a directive which the Selection Committee follows strictly.Selection Directive

Special Olympics World Winter Games 2021 Sweden

The Special Olympics World Winter Games will be held from 6-12 February 2021.In February 2021 thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators from 105 countries are coming to Åre and Östersund in Sweden to compete in seven winter sports like floorball, figure skating and snowshoeing etc. About the World Games 2021

Fifty Five Athletes from India are expected to participate in six out of the seven sports (with an exception of cross country skiing) featuring the World Games, namely, Alpine Skiing , Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing and Floorball. 

For the selection of probables for the Sweden Games 2021, National Camps have been held across different locations in India from time to time, since February 2019 

The National Championship (Snow Sports) was held from 12-17 February 2019 for approx143 Athletes and 44 Coaches from 9 States of India along with 15 Volunteers and 27 officials and Resource persons aggregating to 229 Campers. The Camp featured participation in Snow Shoeing, Snow Boarding and Alpine Skiing. The Resource team from The High Altitude Trekking & Skiing Centre, Narkanda comprising of four persons led the participants throughout the duration of the Camp Report Narkanda

List of Campers at the Snow Games Camp Narkanda List 

 Over 150 Athletes glided through the icy mist to notch up figure skating and  speed skating skills to mark a spot at the SO World Winter Games 2021 to be held in Sweden. Athletes from Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh converged at India’s only all-weather rink- iskate at the Ambience Mall Gurugram Haryana

List of Campers at the Figure & Speed Skating Camp – List

List of Campers at the Floorball Camp – List

Selection Committee WSG2021

Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020

Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020 will be held in Åre and Östersund between 1st and 4th of February. Two speed skating probables with Officals and Coaches will be participating from India. The games will feature competitions in alpine skiing, cross country skiingsnowshoeingsnowboardingfigure skatingspeed skating and floorball 
​​300 athletes – both national and international – will participate in the competitions as well as other activities and events during the games. ​​This event would help assess the preparedness of venues for the mega event. Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games is test games and the warm up – to Special Olympics World Winter Games Sweden in 2021. More

Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019




List of Medalists

The 15th Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Abu Dhabi from 14-21 March 2019 and will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces. With more than 7,500 athletes from over 192 nations competing, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world and will set the benchmark for the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement

Four days prior to the Opening of the games all the delegations would be paired with communities throughout all seven Emirates as part of the Host town Program. The Host Town program will provide a chance to experience the UAE’s culture and hospitality.

This would be India’s 9th participation at the SO World Summer Games. The 378 – strong SO Bharat contingent would include 289 Athletes and 73 Coaches along with 16 officials and Assistant Staff from all over India participating in 14 out of 24 Olympic-type sports featuring the mega event. WSG2019 Sanction Order

Cash Awards to Coaches – Ministry Of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt Of India

The Ministry Of Youth Affairs & Sports would grant Cash Awards to Coaches who have trained the Athletes who participated in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Abu Dhabi UAE. The Coaches must fulfill the below criterion:

  • The coach should have trained the Athlete for 180 days  ( irrespective if the particular coach was selected for the world Games or not )
  • There should be documented parent consent stating that the Athlete was trained by the concerned coach. 
  • The Assessment of the concerned  athlete should have been maintained by the concerned coach and submitted for record

Below are two forms to be duly filled and submitted. 

Scheme of Special Awards Proforma

Mandate Form

Advisory by the National Sports Director , SO Bharat:

  • The Concerned Coach should fill the form and submit in the National Office through their respective Area Director. No direct correspondence will be entertained
  • Both the forms (Proforma and Mandate) should reach the National Office by 28 April 2019. The National Office will submit the forms, after this date, with the Sports Authority of India




Preparatory Camps for WSG2019

Selection Committee 

Camp Notifications

Third Preparatory Camp March 2019 . Details 

Second Preparatory Camp June 2018 . Details 

First Preparatory Camp March 2018 . Details 

1st Preparatory Camp

 410 Athletes and 129 Coaches from 27 states of India will be participating in the first preparatory Camp for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 Abu Dhabi to be held from 24-28 March 2018 across different venues in Gurgaon. 11 Sports will be conducted on 25, 26, 27 and 28 March from 6AM – 8 AM and from 3PM – 6:30PM. The sports are: Badminton, Athletics, Cycling, Aquatics, Basketball, Golf , Handball, Judo, Roller Skating, Table Tennis, Volley Ball

India will be participating in 14/15 out of 24 Sports featuring the Games. The Camp will be in continuation to the Camp held in Bhopal , Madhya Pradesh from 5-10 March 2018 carrying out training in 2 Sports, namely, Unified football and Powerlifting. While 45 Athletes (Male) and 25 Coaches participated in the 7–a-side and 11-a-side Unified football, 25 Male & Female participants and 9 Coaches participated in powerlifting.

List (updated 5 June 2018) of Probable Athletes and Coaches for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 Abu Dhabi   










Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria 2017 

The SO Bharat contingent returned to India on 25 March 2017 with 37 Gold, 10 Silver and 26 Bronze summing to 73 Medals following their participation at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017. India had sent 89 Athletes to compete at the mega event that witnessed participation of 2500 Athletes from 105 Nations:

Number of Athletes from few Countries

Austria (largest contingent) 316
SO USA 139
SO Canada 108
SO Bharat (India) 89
SO China 74
SO Korea 65
SO Nippon 54


Final Medal Tally

Sport Discipline Gold Silver Bronze Total
Snowshoeing- 100mtrs   1 1 5
Snowshoeing- 50mtrs   1 2
Alpine skiing (novice Giant Slalom) 2 2 2 10
Alpine skiing (Slalom) 1 1 2
Snow boarding (novice Giant Slalom) 2   2 8
Snow boarding (Slalom) 2 2  
Speed Skating( 111mtrs)   2 1 3
Figure Skating   1   1
Floor Hockey Female     16 16
Floor Hockey Male 16     16
Unified Floorball Male 6     6
Floorball Traditional Male 8     8
Total 37 10 26 73


The Unified Floorball Team Female secured the 5th place while the Female Floorball (traditional) team ranked 6th

It is pertinent to note, the contingent created an unprecedented record of winning three Gold medals in three team events played the same day – 23 March 2017. Unified Floorball Male, Floor Hockey male and Floor ball Traditional male- clashing with teams from Nigeria, Lithuania and Austria

About India’s Participation at the Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in Austria from 14 March-25 March 2017
In addition to India, ESPN’s coverage was carried in 190 countries and territories around the world making it the widest-reaching coverage ever for a Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The Games were held throughout Austria in three primary locations: in Graz (the second largest city in Austria and capital of Styria), Schladming (Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and 2013) and Ramsau (Nordic Skiing World Championships in 1999).
Special Olympics Bharat (SO Bharat) sent a delegation of 140 Athletes, Coaches ,Youth Leaders, Families and Officials. 89 SO Bharat Athletes and 23 Coaches  participated in 7 out of 9 sport disciplines featuring the World Games. These 7 sports are:
Alpine skiing, Snow Shoeing, Snow Boarding, Figure Skating, Speed Skating,Floor Hockey and Floor Ball including Unified Floor Ball.



Team SO Bharat Calendar at the World Games

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142 Athletes have participated at the Special Olympics World Winter Games since 1993 until 2013. Through participation across 5 World Winter Games they have won 36 Gold,39 Silver and 19 Bronze Medals to an overall tally of 94.

Table of Participation- World Winter Games

Special Olympics World Summer Games


743 Athletes have participated at the Special Olympics World Summer Games since 1987 until 2015. Through participation across 8 World Summer Games they have won 286 Gold,304 Silver and 378 Bronze Medals to an overall tally of 968.

214 Athletes and 53 Coaches participated at the Special Olympics World Summer games held in LA, USA from 25 July- 2 August 2015 across 14 sport disciplines. They were: Athletics, Aquatics, Bocce, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volley Ball, Softball, Football, Power lifting, Roller skating, Handball, Cycling & Unified Golf .

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers , the 2015 Special Olympics World Games was the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, featured 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region.

Table of Participation-World Summer Games