INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS 2023
India wins 7 medals at the 10th International Abilympics, the global skills competition for persons with disability held in Metz, France from March 23-26, 2023-
- One Gold, Two Silver, Three Bronze and One Medal of Excellence, India records its best ever performance after many years at the International Abilympics.
- From skills like painting (waste reuse), photography, Bakery, embroidery, jewellery designing, tailoring and more, Team India (13 Participants) competed with ~ 458 participants from 27 countries at the International Abilympics (Olympics of Skill) in Metz, France.
- INDIA has also been selected as one of the 8 executive Committee Members of INTERNATIONAL AMBILYMPICS FEDERATION (IAF) amongst 37 Member Nations.
In its best-ever haul at the International Abilympics, after many years India has made history by winning 7 medals at the 10th International Abilympics, the global skills competition for persons with disability (PwD’s) held in Metz, France from March 23-26, 2023. The event aimed to create public awareness and nurture the productive talent of persons with disability by providing them opportunities to acquire and enhance their vocational skills to achieve economic independence.
The 7 medals, included one Gold, two Silver, three Bronze and one Excellence award won by the 13-member Indian contingent in various skill-based competitions.
Abilympics, also popular called as Olympics of Skills: a movement of ‘Excellence in Skilling’ comprises of vocational skills competitions, specifically designed for Persons with Disability (PwD), to screen and showcase the best talent in vocational skill categories like IT, Arts & Crafts, Hospitality and Services.
The team hailing from every corner of the country like Surat, Mumbai, Jabalpur, Vijaywada, Chennai, Pune, Mysore, Bhavnagar, Gaya and Chandigarh participated in 12 select trades from overall 45 Competitive skill categories, under ICT, Crafts, Hospitality, Services and Industry.
The Gold medal was won by Chetan Pashilkar from Mumbai, Maharashtra who is Hearing Impaired. and represented India in Skill Category – Painting ‘Waste Reuse’. He used the theme “Sustainable development using technology” for his painting.
The Silver medal winning participants were Priyanka Dabhade from Pune, Maharashtra who represented India in the Skill Category – Embroidery and her Disability is Hearing Impaired, and Kashif Khan from Mumbai (Maharashtra) who represented India in the Skill Category – Patisserie and Confectionery.
The Bronze medal winners were Mohith Majety from Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh, who has Locomotor Disability and represented India in the Skill Category – Photography, Avinash KS from Mysore, Karnataka, who is Hearing Impaired and represented India in the Skill Category – Jewellery Making and Md. Shamim Alam from Gaya, Bihar who has locomotor disability and represented India in the Skill Category – Tailoring.
Priyanka Dabhade from Pune also won the Medal of Excellence at the 10th International Abilympics for her outstanding work, talent and commitment. In rare moment of appreciation all the 5 judges including the chief judge clapped after Priyanka completed her task.