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VIP reception for T&T Special Olympians
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts will welcome home the medal-winning T&T delegation from the 11th Special Olympics World Winter Games. The reception will be held tomorrow from 2.35 pm at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport.
A delegation of 18 people including 12 athletes, three coaches and three administrators participated at the games, which ended on Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. T&T captured a bronze medal in the floor hockey event, one of eight disciplines at the games, which saw participation from 85 countries overall.
The team finished behind champions Hungary and runner-up Jamaica, both of which T&T lost to during the preliminary stage. Earlier in the competition, T&T recorded a huge win with a 6–1 result over the USA.
While T&T ended with a bronze medal, Caribbean neighbours Jamaica took a silver in both the field hockey and figure-skating events.
The Winter Games, which concluded with a closing ceremony, provided an opportunity for the 3,000-plus athletes from 111 countries to exchange gifts, tell stories, establish friends and networks and learn the word “annyeong” (both hello and goodbye in Korean).
Chairperson of the organising committee Kyung Won Na passed the Special Olympics flag to the Los Angeles Games organising committee. Los Angeles will host the next Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2015.
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