The Special Olympics Bharat Torch Run is an annual event that educates the public on people with intellectual disabilities and on the Special Olympics movement. It has encouraged Special Olympics athletes to lead integration and awareness by educating the community about their capabilities and special needs. Over the years, it has become symbolic not just to the sporting tradition but to the Special Olympics cause.
Special Olympics Bharat Torch Run, 2005
In 2005, the torch was carried across 14 cities by Special Olympic Bharat athletes and also saw the participation of the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, and many Arjuna awardees.
Special Olympics Bharat Torch Run, 2006
In October 2006, the Torch Run started as a precursor to the international cricket tournament, ICC Champions Trophy. The torch was handed over to Akshay Kumar, actor and brand ambassador of Special Olympics Bharat, by Wasim Akram, cricketer and brand ambassador for Special Olympics Pakistan, at the Wagah Border. The torch was then transported to Mumbai for the opening ceremony of the tournament.
News Coverage Dtd 1 Nov 2006 : DAWN
Special Olympics Bharat Torch Run, 2008
On December 2008, a torch run was organized from Chandni Chowk to Lal Quila as a build up to the World Winter Games 2009, Idaho. Akshay Kumar, the brand Ambassador of Special Olympics Bharat carried the torch spreading awareness about the upcoming World Games in the presence of Smt. Sheila Dixit, Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi and Mr. Craig Grossgart, Country head, DHL India. The torch was later transported to China and was finally received at the opening ceremony of the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, USA.
Amidst a large number of Law Enforcement officers, Volunteers, DHL employees and Media persons 400 athletes participated in the run.
Media Coverage : India Forums Dtd 21 December 2008
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