We all waited, holding our breath while our girls battled the final minutes of the matches! We screamed in sadness every time the opponent won. We leaped up in happiness every time a point was scored. Such is the  enthusiasm that united India this Olympics.

With the kind of infrastructure that exists in our country, our players have sure done us proud. Fighting the labels put by celebrities like Shobhaa De and fairness creams in India, these sportsmen and sportswomen have proved that with determination and grit, they can reach any height!

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But then there are players who have to fight not only labels but also stigmatization to reach where they have. Yes, we are talking about the Special Olympics. Special Olympics games held in Los Angeles, United States witnessed a massive participation from India. Making the nation proud, the athletes returned with 173 medals in all. This included 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals. India’s performance is ranked third in Special Olympics, after USA and China.

Have a look at the players that did us proud!!

The Aquatics team in Los Angeles giving a big shout out to their fans in India!

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The Aquatics team

Anayatan Rajkumar from Assam after winning a Gold medal in 25 m breaststroke!

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Anayatan Rajkumar – Assam

Sneha Verma has Downs Syndrome and she won a Gold medal in Aquatics

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Sneha Verma

Ranveer Singh is only 14-years-old and he is a pro at Golf!

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Ranveer Singh

Our Basket Ball team at the Los Angeles Paralympics in 2015

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Basket Ball team

Now we eagerly wait for the games in September 2016 and many more reasons to cheer team India!

Stay tuned.