Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar has expressed his hope that Pakistan Special Olympic contingent will offer reasonable performance in the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 scheduled to be organized at Dubai and Abu Dhabi from March 14, 2019. The opening ceremony will take place on March 14, 2019 at Dubai. Director General Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar, in a statement on Thursday, said Pakistan athletes are very talented and well prepared for the sports extravaganza. “Sports Board Punjab provided best training facilities to Pakistan contingent for the preparation of Special Olympics World Summer Games,” he added. DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar said members of Pakistan contingent got top level training at SBP’s sports venues such as State of the Art International Swimming Complex, athletics tartan track, gymnasiums and cycling velodrome at Nishtar Park Sports Complex. “We are quite confident that Pakistan athletes will live up to the expectations and grab good number of medals in the multi-sport event”. Special Olympics Pakistan Vice-chairman Anees ur Rehman expressed his gratitude to DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar for facilitating Pakistan special athletes in best possible manner during training for the grand sporting event. “Sports Board Punjab under the directives of DG Sports Punjab Nadeem Sarwar extended ideal training facilities to our athletes and we are quite hopeful of handsome performances during the Special Olympics World Summer Games”. Ronak Lakhani and Special Olympics Pakistan Vice-chairman Anees ur Rehman will lead Pakistan’s 134-member contingent during the grand Special Olympics World Summer Games. Prior to mega event, Pakistan contingent will take part in practice sessions and warm up matches at Sharjah. The 33 members of Pakistan Special Olympic contingent departed from Lahore while the remaining participants will reach UAE from different cities of Pakistan. Pakistan players will participate in cycling, powerlifting, athletics, bocce, badminton, table tennis, football, tennis and futsal events during the grand sports event. At the closing ceremony, the Special Olympics flag will be handed over to Sweden as the hosts of Special Olympics World Winter Games 2021.