"wish to win more medals for Pakistan"
Safeer Abid won a gold medal in the 10km cycling event at the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games, completing the race in 23 minutes and 2.02 seconds.
It was Pakistan’s 10th gold medal at the Games, which came to an end on June 25 in Berlin.
Abid, who is originally from Karachi, stated that this was his first time participating in the SOWG and that he had been in preparation for the last two years.
He said: “I have paid full attention, passion and wish to win more medals for Pakistan in the upcoming international events.”
In addition to Safeer Abid’s victory, Madeeha Tahir won a silver medal after she competed in the 500m time trial race in an impressive 1 minute and 14.15 seconds.
Amina Arshad achieved the bronze medal after finishing the race in 1 minute and 16.82 seconds.
In the Futsal event, Oman clinched the gold medal after they won 6-3 against Pakistan.
In the tennis events, Pakistan came second in both the women’s and men’s doubles competitions.
During the team Bocce event (a game played with eight weighted balls), athletes Mahnoor, Simran Mahesh Lal, Jamilur Rahman and Farhan Aslam, all received silver medals for winning against Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
But in the men’s singles competition, Farhan Aslam won a bronze medal and Mahnoor achieved the same in the women’s single game.
Contributing to the win of Pakistan’s medals were Muhammad Luqman and Habibullah.
Luqman took part in the 100-metres and finished first, coming in at a whopping 15.21 seconds. He also participated in the long jump and won a silver medal.
Habibullah gained gold in the 83 kg deadlift powerlifting event, taking with him additional silver medals for combined weight, bench press and squats.
Pakistan’s hockey team won bronze after beating Paraguay 3-2. It was the first time that Pakistan featured in hockey.
In swimming’s 50-metre freestyle, Hasan Patel won bronze when he clocked one minute and 3.93 seconds.
The Special Olympic World Games is an intercontinental sports event, specialising in events for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The competition is formulated by the Special Olympics organisation and is perceived by the International Olympic Committee.
It lasts nine days and the 2023 edition marked the first time that Germany had hosted it.
There were about 7,000 athletes and Unified partners from approximately 190 countries who competed in 26 sports, with 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.