By Vincent David
ISLAMABAD (APP) – Two Pakistani athletes will represent the country in the inaugural edition of Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP) Unified Badminton Championship scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 13-16.
“Two male athletes including Mohsin Ahmed and Samar Khan will participate in the championship while Mutahir Sohail will accompany as coach,” Regional Sports Director Federal at Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP) Shumaila Erum told APP on November 13.
More than 150 delegates from 14 countries will take part in the inaugural Badminton Championship. The championship will welcome athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to display their courage, passion and skills as part of a global movement to create positive change and drive social inclusion.
Thailand will welcome teams from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Acting President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific Dipak Natali said the championship would foster deeper understanding and friendships between people with and without intellectual disabilities across the region.
As result of a global partnership between Special Olympics and the Badminton World Federation (BWF), this is the first unified badminton championship to be held in Asia since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced during the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE, held in March 2019.