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Indian Golfer Ranvir Saini wins gold in Special Olympics

466   //    01 Aug 2015, 11:03 IST
Saini (R) and his partner Monica Jajoo

The youngster, who made history by becoming the first Indian player to be selected for the Special Olympics has won a gold medal at the games, which are underway in Los Angeles, reports theTimes of India. 

14-year-old Saini was part of the GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event on Friday, and with his partner, Monica Jajoo, were 9 shots ahead of their closest competitors, joint second-placed teams Hong Kong, with Tsz Leung and Chung-Ka Kit Lam and Takefumi Hiyoshi-Tadatoshi Sakai of Japan. 

Saini has been playing the sport for 5 years now, having taken it up at the young age of 9. He was diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder autism at the age of 2, but has overcome several obstacles to reach his goals.

Promoted by the IGU, which has been sponsoring Saini’s training, the youngster has set several records in the past – in 2013, he competed at the Asia Pacific World Games and won two gold medals there. 

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