Indian golfer Ranveer Singh Saini became the first Indian to win a Gold medal at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles.
The 14-year-old, who sufferers from autism, made history in the GH-Level 2 Alternative Shot Team event on Friday. Before long, his name was pinned over news headlines across India.
The Special Olympics – the largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities – provides 12-month training and competitions around the globe to over 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. While the competitions are held almost every day over the year, the World Games is the pinnacle of the sport. Athletes spend the year training for the event.
Although the Special Olympics is a recognized organization by the International Olympic Committee, it is not held in conjunction with the Olympic Games like the Paralympics is.