ISLAMABAD The United States of America ambassador, Cameroon Munter, praised the Pakistani special athletes achievement and described them as true ambassadors of Pakistan who made their country proud by winning the medals. Winning medals is not an important thing but to represent Pakistan in the Athens Special Olympics was bigger thing and I, on behalf of the United States of America and its people congratulate the government and people of Pakistan specially the families of special athletes who participated in the games and won medals for Pakistan. These remarks were expressed by US Ambassador to Pakistan Camroon Munter while speaking at a specially arranged function held in honour of Special athletes at Pakistan Sports Boards Hameedi Hall on Wednesday. He said: I feel very proud because this initiative of holding the Special Olympics was taken by US in 1962 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of former US President John F Kennnedy and now this movement spread to 185 countries. More than 3.3 million individuals have joined this movement. Pakistan Special Olympic Games were launched in Pakistan in 1989 under the guidance of the then US Council General in Karachi in which 80 athletes were appeared now we have 16,000 athletes registered, he said and added from Khyber to Karachi, scores of volunteers and coaches are supporting and training them. Speaking on the occasion, Mahfooz Elahi, President Islamabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry said that prior to the world games four national training camps were held in Islamabad and Karachi. We have already started generating funds for the on-going training and competitions. Wife of US Ambassador said: We are very familiar with the special persons as my sister Elezibath is also a special person and we are very proud of her as she is taking part in every Special Olympics since 1962 and not missed a single Special Olympics till date and won many laurels for her country. She stressed upon the families of the special athletes to support them fully as they need their love and attention to prove their mettle.