Indian badminton team players made India proud in the first Special Olympics Asia Pacific Unified Badminton Championship held from 12-16th Nov. 2019 atBangkok, Thailand. Tanveer and Sanyam as unified boys team won gold medal in the category 16-21 years male D-2 group and Kalpana and Arpita as unified girls team won silver medal in mixed female D-1 group.
Tanveer and Kalpana are intellectually disabled students of Govt Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disabilities (GRIID), sector 31, Chandigarh. Prof B S Chavan, Director of GRIID, Prof Priti Arun , Joint Director of GRIID and Dr Vani Ratnam, Principal of GRIID congratulated the students and their sports coach, Ms Sheetal Negi. Parents expressed their happiness and assured for any support required in future as well.
The team expressed its gratitude towards actor Sonu Sood for sponsoring the team for the championship. Mr.Victor R Vaz, National Sports Director, Special Olympics Bharat and Mrs.Neelu Sarin, Area Director , Chandigarh Chapter – Special Olympics also congratulated the players and wish them luck for future success.