Four Jharkhand special athletes part of Indian contingent

PTI| Updated: Nov 19, 2013, 18:31 PM IST

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand): Four special athletes from Jharkhand will represent India in the first Special Olympics Regional Asia Pacific games to be held in Newcastle, Australia from November 28 to December 7.

Rohit Nag (badminton), Abhay Toppo (bocce), Tejender Singh (basketball) and Putul Das (athletics) were among the 520 Indian contingent comprising of athletes, coaches and staff to represent India from Jharkhand, B D Bodhanwala, Area Director, Special Olympics Bharat, Jharkhand said.

In a press statement issued here today, Bodhanwala said out of the nine discipline - athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, bowling, bocce, cricket, football and table tennis - India will take part in eight disciplines with the exception being bowling.

The four Jharkhand athletes were selected by Special Olympics Bharat based on their performances in the National events held in the recent year, he stated.

The selected athletes will proceed to Kolkata, where they would joint the North-East contingent before taking a flight to Australia on 28 November.