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Maiden pat for special games

Sporty Jharkhand has won a special challenge.

The state chapter of Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) clinched its maiden award for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the games for the country’s differently abled people.

The honour was conferred at the two-day area directors’ meeting of the organisation held in Haryana from March 21. Jharkhand Special Olympics assistant area director Satbir Singh Sahota and director (sports) Awtar Singh received the award from Air Marshal (retd) Denzil Keelor who took over as the CEO of the outfit.

The state chapter of Special Olympics Bharat has been channelising activities for the challenged since 2001.

Though most games are consigned to Jamshedpur, it is of late spreading wings to districts as well. Sports director Singh has even made efforts to start Special Olympics in Assam, the Andaman and Sikkim. Special athletes from these places have won medals at international events.

“We are happy with the award. It recognises our efforts to channelise sports in Jharkhand and elsewhere in the country, which help in skill enhancement of special athletes,” Sahota said.

In another related development, Satish Pillai — former chief of Tata Steel sports department — has been nominated chairman of Special Olympics Bharat. He has replaced Keelor.

Expressing happiness, Pillai, who worked in the steel city for over three decades and is well known in the sports circuit, said the new job would keep him busy for a cause.

“I am looking forward to do something good and will try to add more value to SOB. Keelor has already done a wonderful job in making the Special Olympics movement big,” Pillai told The Telegraph over phone from Bangalore.

Over a million differently abled athletes benefit through Special Olympics events held across the country round the year.