Peru’s President Ollanta Humala headed the ceremony aimed at recognizing, decorating and paying homage to the national athletes, who participated in the Special Olympics World Games: Los Angeles 2015, held from July 25 to August 02.
In the ceremonial act, the Head of State thanked them for “bringing joy to the country” and thus enabling more Peruvian citizens to be proud of their country.
“Thanks for bringing this joy to us. You are setting the tone. It is this administration’s will to invest in sports, as we do in education. We invest unprecedented amounts in sports and that must remain clear,” the President expressed.
“You, guys, are always setting the good example that we can move the country forward […],” he added.
The Special Olympics team claimed a total of 38 medals (11 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze).
The 44 sports people stood out in in eight disciplines, such as:
swimming, gymnastics (Rhythmic), athletics, bocce, weightlifting,
soccer, basketball and volleyball.
Likewise, Mr. Humala affirmed those good results are joined by the also extraordinary performances displayed by Peruvian delegations in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad.
The ceremony was held at the Lima Government Palace’s Golden Hall.