Austria, March 23: Indian athletes are shining and continue to make our nation proud by winning 18 medals so far in the ongoing 2017 Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Notably, India has won six gold, four silver and eight bronze medals.
India's gold came on the third day, yesterday from six special athletes for ‘Alpine skiing’ and ‘snowboarding’. Shamsher Singh won a silver for the country on the first day. 24-year-old Singh bagged a silver medal at snowshoeing- a form of hiking in the snow with special foot wear-100m race on Sunday. 16-year old Jyoti Bala grabbed a bronze medal in the same sport on Monday.
The team of 89 differently-abled sportspersons of the Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) is participating in the competition. Over 2,600 athletes from 105 nations are taking part in the event. This year, 90 Indians, 45 male and 45 female are competing for glory. Indian participants will be seen in action in events like alpine skiing, floorball, floor hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, speed skating and snowshoeing.
Meanwhile, India’s arch rival Pakistan bagged 11 medals in the same tournament. This is only the second time that Pakistan is competing at the Winter World games.
Earlier, in the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015, Indian athletes won a total of 173 medals, including 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals. In 2011 also India had won 156 medals (56 gold, 48 silver and 52 bronze medals) at Athens.