Proud India Bags 173 Medals In Special Olympics World Summer Games

When India plays cricket, more than half the nation is glued to the television. However, when India plays other lesser known sports, most people don’t really care about it much. Despite the ambivalence, the passionate players still play. They play for the nation, they play for themselves.

2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Los Angeles, the United States from July 25, 2015 to August 2, 2015. There were about 6,500 athletes from 177 countries.

India contingent consisted of 275 athletes and 14 disciplines. India returned home with 173 medals; 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals. India won 39 medals in roller skating and 47 medals in athletes, making the two sports with the major contribution in the total. With 173 medals, India finished behind US and China.

On August 4, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Achievements of Indian contingent at @LA2015 @SpecialOlympics are truly gladdening. They are India’s pride.”


Prime Minister, Narendra Modi tweeted:

Facts about Special Olympics:

  • Special Olympics is the World’s largest multi-sport event which is held for athletes with disabilities
  • Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • In 1988, International Olympics Committee recognised Special Olympics
  • The 2015 Special Olympics event in Los Angeles had the largest gathering in the World after 1984
  • This year, the Games were held from July 25, 2015 to August 2, 2015
  • The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games were officially opened by Michelle Obama. Stevie Wonder was also featured in the opening

Sports that were played this year included aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, kayaking, marathon, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, open-water swimming and triathlon

A kid from Assam poses for the people in India congratulating him for scoring Gold medal
The Aquatics Team
The Basketball Team
The joyful smile on 14-year-old Ranvir Singh
The winner of swimming competition, Disha Maru, flaunting her silver medal