Pakistan athletes shine in Special Olympics, bring home 16 medals

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Jason Collins (2nd-R) and Special Olympics Athletes of the Pakistani basketball team (L-R) Syed Tanveer, Waheed Rahman; Abdul Memon, and Shaheer Hayat. — AFP
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Pakistani athletes grabbed an impressive 16 medals in The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games which concluded in Austria on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

The event, which ended with a grand ceremony in Graz, featured over 3,000 athletes from 110 countries.

Pakistani athletes returned home with three gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.

The women’s snowshoeing team finished first in the relay race event, covering the distance in a minute and 54 seconds. The men’s team won a silver in the same category.

Earlier, Huzaifa Qazi won gold in the 200-metre snowshoe while Muhammad Hamza Aslam clinched bronze in the men’s 200-metre race.

Farah Ahsan also won a bronze medal in the 200-metre race.

Sabahat Tariq claimed the gold medal in the women’s 100-metre sprint, while Qazi and Pervaiz Ahmad won silver in the men’s event.

Fatima Amir and Muhammad Abdullah respectively grabbed silver and copper medals in Taekwondo.

The leader of the Pakistani delegation, Aneesur Rehman, told media that the Winter World Games had revitalised the enthusiasm of the Pakistani special athletes.