The Pakistani team, which won 80 medals in the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, arrived home on Tuesday.
At the Games from June 17 to 25, Pakistani participants brought home 11 gold, 29 silver, and 40 bronze medals.
At the airports in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, where the delegation arrived in three distinct groups, Special Olympics Pakistan officials, family members, and supporters gave them a warm welcome. The players and officials received garlands and rose petals.
Saifullah Solangi,, Usman Qamar, Umair Kayani, Faiza Nasir, Naheen Khan, Mohammad Luqman, Zainab Ali Raza, and Sana, the torchbearer of the opening ceremony, are among the Pakistani gold medalists in Berlin.
“For us, receiving medals in Berlin is a wonderful honour.” We have accomplished this accomplishment through our laborious effort, coaching from coaches, support from Special Olympics Pakistan, and the prayers of the whole nation, the athletes stated.
The leader of the national delegation and president of Special Olympics Pakistan, Ronak Lakhani, remarked, “I thank Allah for the outstanding performance of our athletes in the World Games.
“Our preparations for this event had been ongoing for the previous four years. The coaches in particular have played a crucial role in their achievement. It is because of their persistent efforts and top-notch training that the players have come this far. I also want to applaud the players’ parents.
The World Games, according to SOP adviser Yasmin Haider, were the greatest event in the world in terms of special athletes and volunteers, and the best teams competed.