4th Special Olympic Pakistan (SOP) Unified Marathon held at DHA Sports Club (Moin Khan Academy)

4th Special Olympic Pakistan (SOP) Unified Marathon was held at DHA Sports Club (Moin Khan Academy) in which people of all ages, genders and abilities participated with great zeal and enthusiasm. A colourful ceremony was held at the start of the event at DHA Sports Club which presented a scene of activity and gaiety.

Special Olympics Pakistan, an organization which is transforming and empowering lives of people with Intellectual Disabilities, organized the exciting event with great fanfare. A large number of SOP athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID) alongwith 3500 people of the community participated in the event, running side by side. The race categories of the event included 800 M Children’s Dash, 5 Km Fun Run and 10 Km Marathon Competitive Race. The event was meant to create awareness in public about special people with disabilities so as to open up new venues for their inclusion in society. This was achieved by making normal people and people with ID run together.

Special Children from Interior Sindh also participated in the event. The entire marathon route was decorated with colourful banners, standees and steamers inscribed with different slogans. DHA provided all logistics and administrative support to make the event a success. People chose to either walk, run or complete the event on wheel chair demonstrating extra-ordinary perseverance and courage which was simply reassuring.

Administrator DHA Brig Ibrar Hussain Bhatti in a message said that DHA accorded utmost priority to ‘Service to the Humanity’. He reiterated that DHA would go all out to support and promote initiatives meant for the wellbeing and betterment of society as its social corporate responsibility.

Chairperson Special Olympic Pakistan, Ms Ronak Lakhani thanked DHA for its support in organizing the event smoothly. She said that the unified marathon helped in giving renewed confidence and encouragement to the people with ID through the power of sports.

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