MIRPUR (AJK) - A Kashmir-origin hearing impaired and mentally retarded national table-tennis star Mehwish Iftikhar Sunday left for Greece, being member of the Pakistani contingent of the special players to appear in different chapters of the Games in the World Special Olympics commencing in Athens from June 25 to July 4, it was officially declared. Mehwish, the resident of a remote village Panjaira of Kotli district, is the student of Mirpur-based Kashmir Institute of Special Education (KISE), the pioneer educational institution of special children in Azad Jammu Kashmir, engaged in providing free educational facilities to the special children to make them the useful citizens for the country and the nation. Director Kashmir Institute of Special Education, Dr Amjad Ansari told reporters here Sunday that Mehwish is the gold-medallist table tennis star. She was awarded the gold medal for acknowledgment of his outstanding performance in the National Special Olympics held in Lahore this year. He said that she was selected as a member of the Pakistani contingent of special players for the World Special Olympics Summer Games-2011 being held in Athens from June 25. Dr Ansari said that Pakistani team of special players comprising 59 players including Mehwish Iftikhar of AJK and 30 officials left Islamabad on June 19 for Athens to participate in the scheduled World Special Olympics. He said that she will be the first special table tennis star representing AJK in any world-class sport event. Quoting the officially declared schedule, he said that the Olympics will continue till July 4 when the concluding ceremony will be held. The special players of Pakistani entourage will take part in eight different games including football, table tennis, basketball, athletics, swimming, badminton and boo-chi by demonstrating their high talent and skills to attain the distinctions in different events. Mehwish had earlier participated in the 20 days training camp set up for preparations of the International Special Olympics. Special table-tennis players from across the world would participate in the global international Olympics. Elaborating distinctions, so far clinched by the special table-tennis star, Dr Ansari said that Mehwish was awarded gold medal after she attained third position in the National Special Olympics of table tennis played in Lahore last year. He said she also bagged second position in the Federal Regional Olympics held at the Sports Complex in Islamabad recently. He said that these victories opened avenues for Mehwish and enabled her to enter the National Special Table Tennis team of Pakistan.