Islamabad, September 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a ceremony in honour of Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad that won 35 medals in Special Olympics 2015 concluded recently in Loss Angeles, USA. Mehfooz Elahi, Head of Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad and former President ICCI, Arshad Javed, National Director Sports, Special Olympics, Saeed Ahmed Bhatti Coach Special Basket Ball team and a large number of special players and their parents attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that in these circumstances, winning 35 medals for the country was a great achievement of Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad and added that the whole nation was proud of their performance. He urged that government should pay special attention to these players, provide them financial patronage, arrange more grounds for them and consider allocating special quota in jobs for them so that they could play more effective role in society.
He assured that ICCI would cooperate with these players so that they could gain more achievements in sports for the country. Arshad Javed, National Director Sports, Special Olympics said that Pakistan Sports Board provided accommodation and facilities for training of special players, but government did not extend any kind of support. He said if government patronize, these players have the potential to achieve more successes for the country. He said more volunteers should come forward and help in training and development of special players.
Mehfooz Elahi, Head of Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad said special players have achieved more medals for the country as compared with the normal Olympics squads of Pakistan. He said these players need jobs to become more productive citizens of the country. He said business community should cooperate with these players to encourage them.
Saeed Ahmed Bhatti, Coach of Special Basket Ball team said total 179 countries participated in World Special Olympics 2015 and winning 35 medals in competition with them was a great achievement of Pakistani squad. He said there was lot of misperception about Pakistan in foreign world, but these players played great role in improving Pakistan’s image by achieving phenomenal results in Special Olympics 2015.
M. Shakeel Munir Senior Vice President and M. Ashfaq Hussain Chatha, Vice President ICCI also congratulated the Pakistan’s Special Olympics squad and assured that businessmen would contribute for their better development. The parents of the players demanded of the public and private sectors to provide jobs to these players so that they could become self-sufficient and feel more confident.
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