In pictures: Clear eyes, full hearts at the Special Olympics Marathon in Karachi – Pakistan

People of all ages gathered on Sunday to support the organized event at Karachi’s Emaar Oceanfront.

People of all ages will revitalize Karachi’s Emaar Oceanfront with a positive vibe on Sunday in support of the 2022 Pakistan Special Olympics (SOP) Unified Marathon 2022, and provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities in the sport. provided.

At 7 a.m., the half marathon, the first event at 7 a.m., was filled with lively crowds amid loud cheers and confetti scattering.

Participants in the 1km integrated marathon wait at the starting line with cheers before the start of the race. — Photo by the author

“I’m visiting from New York and I attend today’s event with my sister and niece, who participate almost every year,” Shahab said. “This is a great platform for family and friends to come together to celebrate our kids and uplift their spirits.”

A mother holding her son at the 1km starting line of the 7th SOP Integrated Marathon.
A group of children are singing the national anthem in sign language on the stage of the 7th SOP Integrated Marathon.

The race categories were 1km, 5km, 10km and half marathon (21km).

Yousaf Hussain, president and CEO of Faysal Islami, started the 1km race. “Faysal Bank has been sponsoring this event for the past 3 years and we are very excited to be here again this year.

“As the country’s major Islamic bank, we fully support a cause that embraces diversity and all,” he added. “Our compassion is our gift.”

Brand Ambassador Sarwat Gillani, SOP Founder Ronak Lakhani, President and CEO Faysal Islami Yousaf Hussain and COO Faysal Islami Rahil stand at the start of the 1km integrated marathon.

Comprehensive banking

Hussain explained that people with disabilities typically face severe restrictions while accessing financial services provided by financial institutions due to a combination of physical limitations and perceptions of their ability to handle financial problems.

A mother gives a helping hand to her daughter who is resting after participating in the 1km integrated marathon.

In an effort to overcome these challenges, the government has encouraged all banks across the country to provide easy and convenient access to banks for people with disabilities through supporting physical infrastructure, accessible products and services, assistive technology, and support staff interactions.

In line with the Central Bank of Pakistan’s priority to improve the socio-economic life and accessibility of special people, many banks in Pakistan, including Faysal Islam, are working to make their branches wheelchair-friendly, and are working to create a shape. An easy-to-read document for people with visual impairments.

A participant poses for a photo.

last lap

Supporters lined up along the racecourse cheered the participants with shouts of motivation and encouragement.

Ronak Lakhani, Founder and Chairman of SOP, said: