Sports: Pak athlete gears up for Special Asian Pacific Olympics

Karachi: A strong contingent of sixty special athletes of Pakistan are preparing for a forceful show in the inaugural Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013, which are scheduled to be held at Newcastle, Australia from December 1-7.

The athletes will be accompanied by 18 coaches, six officials and a doctor. The contingent is scheduled to leave for Australia on November 27.

More than two thousand athletes and 600 plus coaches hailing from 32 countries will participate in the mega event.

The sports in the tournament included are aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, football, table tennis, cricket and tenpin bowling.

Special Olympics Pakistan has 17000 registered players, who have intellectual disabilities. Players from Pakistan will participate in seven male and five female events. The contingent comprises of 39 male and 21 female players.

The organizers of the event will also conduct a health program during the Special Olympic Games. This is the first time ever during any international event that Special Olympic Australia is arranging this program for special athletes.

All the athletes will go through free health screening to identify the health issues of participants and will be advised for treatments and cure.

Under the initiative of Healthy Athlete Program, focus will be given on Fit Feet, Fun Fitness, Healthy hearing, Health Promotion, Med fast, Opening Eyes and Special smile.

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