Herbalife, a global nutrition company (“Herbalife Nutrition”) today announced its partnership with Special Olympics Bharat (SOB) to support and encourage athletes with intellectual disabilities in India.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Ajay Khanna, Vice President & Country Head – Herbalife International India said, “Supporting a healthy, active lifestyle and athletes is in the ethos of Herbalife Nutrition. For instance, in 2016 we began a partnership with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), through becoming the Official Nutrition Partner of the Indian Olympic Team to Rio. This new partnership with Special Olympics Bharat exemplifies our commitment to helping athletes discover new strengths, skills and success – on the playing field and in life.”
Beginning with the 2017 Winter Special Olympics World Games, Herbalife India has entered into a two-year partnership with the Special Olympics Bharat to train athletes with intellectual disabilities; and bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities - helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the community.
“This year, 2,700 athletes from 107 nations are competing at the games, and India is sending the largest contingent, with 100 athletes. We, at Herbalife Nutrition, wish every athlete the very best, hoping they fulfil their dreams and aspirations,” added Mr. Khanna.
Commenting on the partnership, Air Marshal Denzil Keelor, CEO- Special Olympics Bharat said, “We are proud and honoured to be associated with a company that is committed to health, diversity and community, and supporting our athletes. This is a classic example of inclusion, which we have long advocated. I want to thank Herbalife Nutrition for perceiving our athletes’ need for nutrition support along with raising awareness about their abilities, and for joining us and sharing our experience in helping athletes achieve their best.”
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About Special Olympics Bharat:
Special Olympics Bharat is a National Sports Federation accredited by Special Olympics Inc to conduct its sports Programs all over India. It organizes Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities with over a million athletes registered in the program currently. Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world.
Special Olympics Bharat was registered with the Indian Trusts Act 1882 in 2001 and recognized by the Government of India as a National Sports Federation 2006 in the Priority Category for the development of Sports for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. It has been designated as the Nodal Agency in 2010 by the Government for conduct of sports for all disabilities on account of its national presence, outreach and experience. Special Olympics Bharat works across all States and Union Territories in India covering 679 districts.
Special Olympics Bharat organizes sports training and competitions at various levels- local, district, state, national and international. Based on abilities and performance, athletes cross each level to participate at higher consecutive levels. While sports remains the mainstay of the Special Olympics Program the capacity of the athletes are constantly developed through regular trainings and additional initiatives that help strengthen the athletes- mentally , physically and emotionally.