Etihad official carrier of Pakistani special olympics team

June 21st, 2011 - 12:15 am ICT by IANS  

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Abu Dhabi, June 20 (IANS/WAM) UAE’s Etihad Airways will be the official carrier for Pakistan’s special olympics team in the upcomming sports event in Athens this year, it was announced Monday.

More than 7,500 athletes from 185 nations will compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games June 25 to July 9.

The 89-member Pakistan team will be travelling from Lahore and Islamabad to Greece.

Amer Khan, country manger Pakistan for Etihad Airways, said: “We are proud to associate ourselves with initiatives designed to elevate an individual’s desire to achieve.

“This year’s Special Olympics provides us with the opportunity to support both a fantastic cause, and the many talented individuals representing Pakistan.”

The special olympics was initiated by Anne McGlone Burke in 1968, a physical education teacher in Chicago, Illinois who approached Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the US President John F Kennedy, to fund a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs.

The first ever special olympics was held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.

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