New Delhi, Aug 19: Herbalife International India Pvt Ltd, a leading global nutrition company along with Olympic Medal Winner, Mary Kom, felicitated the Indian contingent to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, held from July 25-August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, United States.
As part of its support for the Indian contingent, Herbalife has provided the necessary athletic training suits and apparel kits for the athletes and team officials for their achievements at the Special Olympics World Games.
The sponsorship is in line with a global initiative in which Herbalife partners with LA2015, the Organising Committee for the Games, to assist in meeting the nutritional needs of athletes and coaches from 165 countries.
There were 214 athletes from the Special Olympics Bharat team, who brought back 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals.
Addressing the press conference, Ajay Khanna, Vice President and Country Head, Herbalife International India Pvt Ltd said,"Herbalife India is proud to be associated with a cause that promotes awareness of acceptance and inclusion. We are also extremely proud of the Indian contingent's achievements at the games - and congratulate all the athletes.
In addition, as a global nutrition company, we advocate the importance of nutrition for a healthy and active lifestyle. Our support for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is indicative of this commitment."
At the press conference, Ms. Mary Kom reiterated, "To be a winner, one must be highly focused, especially in the sphere of sports. To stay focused, a healthy mind and a healthy body are both absolutely essential.
My partnership with Herbalife has benefited me immensely in ensuring this. The Herbalife nutritional food products that form a regular part of my dietary regimen have been an immense help to me to maintain the strength and concentration that I require to excel in boxing, my chosen discipline. I am sure that the support and encouragement from Herbalife for the Indian contingent will be a boost to the aspirations of these young and talented athletes."
Air Marshal Denzil Keelor, CEO, Special Olympics Bharat said: We are delighted to welcome back our Athletes from the World Summer Games at Los Angeles. They arrived full of joy, excitement and thrill at this great experience they had. The 214 athletes came back with 173 medals."
"I would like to congratulate the athletes for their grand performances and also the coaches and trainers who worked so hard to ensure success. Let's now look ahead, focus on our mission and strive to achieve all our targets involving as many Athletes as we can through our local, district and state level programs. As sporting excellence cannot be achieved without appropriate healthcare, I look forward to a continuing association with Herbalife in the years to come."
About Herbalife Ltd:
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy, sports and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Associates in more than 90 countries.
We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and excess weight by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Associate and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.
We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife Program to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.
The company has over 7,800 employees worldwide, and reported net sales of $5 billion in 2014. To learn more visit herbalife.co.in & herbalife.com.
About Special Olympics Bharat:
Special Olympics Bharat is a National Sports Federation registered accredited by Special Olympics Inc to conduct Special Olympics Programs all over India. It organizes Olympic-type sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year.
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.
Special Olympics Bharat organizes sports and competitions at various levels- local, district, state, national and international and based on abilities and performance athletes cross each level to participate at higher consecutive levels.
Special Olympics Bharat is recognized by the Government of India as a National Sports Federation in the Priority Category for the development of Sports for Persons with Intellectually Disability and has been designated as the Nodal Agency by the Government for all disabilities on account of its national presence, outreach and experience. Special Olympics Bharat works across all States and Union Territories in India.