Pakistan’s Special Olympians returned home from Abu Dhabi on Friday with an impressive count of 18 gold, 27 silver and 17 bronze medals. The athletes and coaches received a heroes welcome at Lahore Airport.
Pakistan’s team also included athletes from Rabwah, Wahaj Ahmad and Adeel Ahmad Tabish were selected from Rabwah’s Special School and were accompanied by their coach Waheed Ahmad. The star performer was Wahaj Mirza who won silver for Pakistan in the 3000 meter run.
The athletes were warmly welcomed back home to Pakistan and were given a heroes welcome by their parents and family members. Faateh Bajwah, Deputy Director of Nazarat Taleem under which the special school operates was also present to greet them.
More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries took part in the Special Olympics, along with 2,500 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.