March 29, 2017: To celebrate the outstanding achievements of India’s Special Olympics athletes, Herbalife, a global nutrition company, held a rousing homecoming reception for 89 Special Olympics athletes. Returning home with a haul of 37 gold medals; 10 silver medals and 26 bronze medals, participating athletes were recognised for their excellent display of strength, grit and courage in 8 events at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 held in Austria.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Ajay Khanna, Vice President & Country Head – Herbalife International India said, “We are very proud to see the magnificent performances by our Special Olympics athletes at the World Winter Games 2017 in Austria. As a nutrition partner for the Special Olympics, we are heartened to see how our nutrition expertise have played a role in pushing the limits of the Special Olympics team, propelling them to scale new heights at international competitions. We look forward to taking our partnership with Special Olympics Bharat to a whole new level, and to continuing our work in helping athletes discover their strengths, skills and successes.”
Air Marshal, Denzil Keelor, CEO – Special Olympics Bharat, said, “Special Olympics and Herbalife share a common vision of giving equal chances to people with intellectual disabilities, especially athletes, to become productive citizens. Inclusion is what we aim to achieve and I am confident this partnership between Special Olympics and Herbalife will help in achieving this”.
MC Mary Kom, five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and Olympic boxer, Heena Sidhu, India’s first Air Pistol Shooter – were also present at the event and Saina Nehwal, India’s star badminton player – all Herbalife sponsored athletes were also present on the occasion.
Commenting on the initiative, MC Mary Kom said, “The Special Olympics athletes have tremendous potential that has yet to be fully realised. Through consistent training, conditioning and with the aid of positive nutrition guidance, I am glad to see that more support are being given to them through Herbalife to help them harness their potential and empower them to achieve new goals for the nation.”
“Special Olympics has been gaining visibility and momentum over the years. What these athletes need more of right now is the encouragement, support and recognition by the public. With a partner like Herbalife, I can see things getting better, and I wish them success in their future endeavours”, added Heena Sidhu.
“Olympics is the dream of an athlete. And a medal in the Olympics is the crowning glory moment for the athlete. These special athletes have made the nation proud. I am happy to see Herbalife, as always, coming forward for the development of sports and athletes”, said Saina Nehwal.
Herbalife recently conducted a training session on Performance Nutrition, Training & Psychology for 30 coaches with the aim of equipping them with knowledge and tips on