RAWALPINDI - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Wednesday met Pakistan’s eight-member team which excelled in the Los Angeles’ Special Olympics.

“Appreciating the performance of Pakistani players in Special Olympics, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has said that there is no dearth of talent in Pakistani youth and we are proud of our heroes who are earning laurels for the country in and outside the country. The special Olympic players are our future heroes who took this daunting challenge and overcame all barriers to keep the green flag high due to their outstanding performance and commitment in different sports events,” said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s Special Olympics contingent managed to clinch total of 34 medals which included 13 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 10 bronze medals in eight disciplines at the Summer Special Olympics World Games 2015 which is a great honour for them as well as for the entire nation.

The cyclists were the most impressive of the lot, winning 11 medals in total. Uzma Yousuf and Tauseef Hassan secured two gold medals each, in time trial and road race respectively, and one gold medal each was secured by Sumbal Yousuf and Salman Siddiqui in the time trial event.

Meanwhile, Mehmoona Hussain and Khadija Irfan won silver and bronze medals each in the same event, and Salman also nagged bronze in time trial event. A total of around 6,500 athletes from 177 countries participated in the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles in July.