Special Olympics World Games: Long wait for medals

Later, news flowed in from the national federation that India had won a total of 63 medals, including 16 gold and 20 silver medals, but no names were revealed.

India’s Amanjot Singh (in pic) and Ankita Jain had their gold medalsin men’s and women’s powerlifting confirmed late on Saturday evening.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

It’s a long and anxious wait for medals at the Special Olympics World Games here. Even after topping their respective categories in various sports, athletes have to wait for many hours before their medals are confirmed.

“That because there are so many categories of disability and officials have to confirm that athletes fall into the right category before the medals are awarded,” explained an official here.

India’s Amanjot Singh and Ankita Jain had their gold medals (total) in men’s and women’s powerlifting confirmed late on Saturday evening but in table tennis, where the country appears to have won a few gold medals, the players were not sure what they would finally end up with.

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“We can give the number of medals won and the sport from where it came from, later in the night but not the names of athletes who won these medals. That will take longer,” said an official of SO Bharat, the national federation for Special Olympics in India.

Later, news flowed in from the national federation that India had won a total of 63 medals, including 16 gold and 20 silver medals. Of course, no names were revealed.