December 2, 2022


It is a great moment of honour for Asha Kiran Home for Mentally Challenged, Rohini, Sector-1, Avantika when 12 residents of this Home have been selected for participation for the 1st World Summer Games-2015 to be held at Los Angels, USA in the month of July, 2015. They were selected by the Special Olympiad-Bharat through a vigorous selection procedure, viz. District Level Competition, State Level competitions and finally National Level competitions. Giving details, Principal Secretary (Social Welfare & WCD) Satbir Bedi said that . Seema and Patto were selected for athletics; Matru for Softball, Kalyani for Volleyball and Cycling; Preeti for Volleball and Basketball; Upender for Volleball; Ratna, Arti and Rupali for Handball; and Phoolan Devi and Sonakhi for Power-lifting. Kavita was also selected for power-lifting, but she has now been restored to her family at Madhya Pradesh and she cannot participate under the banner of Asha Kiran. All expenditure for the participation of the residents will be borne by the Special Olympic-Bharat.

Bedi reiterated that Asha Kiran Home for Mentally Challenged Persons is being run by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi and is the biggest Home for Mentally Challenged Persons in India and at present housing about 900 residents. It has all category of mentally challenged persons viz. mild, moderate, severe and profound. It also has male and female residents and also adults and children both. The Home is providing free boarding and lodging, medical care, games, sports and cultural activities etc. for its residents. The participation of Asha Kiran residents in the World Summer Games, 2015 will bring great honour to the country apart from boosting the morale of the residents and will also help in the socialization process.

Bedi further said that Asha Kiran has already initiated the process of obtaining passports. The parentage, date of birth, permanent address, and other particulars of these residents which are mandatory requirements are not known and as such, special permission of the Government of India is being obtained for issuing of the passports. She also said that the above-mentioned residents of Asha Kiran Complex are being specially trained by Special Olympiad-Bharat in various training camps being organized at New Delhi, Patna, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc. Asha Kiran has also organized training for power-lifting in a nearby training Centre. Further, possibilities of training in the remaining games and sports is also being arranged.

Principal Secretary informed that Asha Kiran Residents will be participating in International Event after 15 years, where one Residents participated in INAS-FID World Athletics Championships in 1999, which was held in Spain.

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