Dinner hosted for players participating in Berlin games

KARACHI: Special Olympic Pakistan chairperson Ronak Lakhani, hosted a dinner reception in honor of the special players who will be participating in the Special Olympic World Games which will be held in Berlin this year, as per the statement on Saturday.

In promoting the Special Olympics, Chairperson Lakhani and her team have prepared a competitive contingent from Pakistan through their sponsorship efforts. On this occasion, the athletes said that they are making full-fledged preparations for the mega event in Berlin and are hopeful of winning honors for Pakistan.

The U.S. Consul General in Karachi, Nicole Theriot said that the special players were an inspiration for everyone and are a shining example for Pakistani society. “I am really proud of these young athletes, who are working hard to represent Pakistan at the Berlin Special Olympics 2023. It is a great experience to spend time with such talented athletes.” Theriot added.

The U.S. Consul General recalled that the Special Olympic Games originated in the United States. Nicole Theriot stated, “Today I feel happy and proud to attend the event representing my country here. I am excited for your participation in the upcoming games as the United States strongly advocates for the rights and equality of persons with disabilities in every respect, including sports.”

German Consul General Rüdiger Lotz expressed good wishes for the Pakistani contingent at the Special Olympic World Games, to be held in June this year. “I wish all these players a great time in Berlin and sincerely hope that not only do they perform at their best with their abilities but also learn and gain experience by playing against special players from around the world while enjoying the game and make the victory podium by doing so.” added Lotz.

The Chairperson said that the athletes who win the honor for the country would be the role models for everyone. “They are differently abled and by no means are less than the others. I hope that this time too, like in the past, our athletes will win the medals at the Special Olympics and bring dignity and pride to Pakistan by securing medals.” added Lakhani.

Many qualified coaches were at the event working hard to ensure these special athletes are well prepared for the Special Olympic World Games. Later, the guests of honour, flanked by the athletes, also enjoyed a musical performance on the occasion.