KARACHI - Chairman Special Olympics of Pakistan Saeed Ahmed has expressed his gratitude to Etihad Airways for its support to the Pakistan Special Olympics team. The airline has shown its commitment and support to many different sections of Pakistani society through this sponsorship, said Saeed Ahmed here Tuesday. Etihad Airways, the national airline of United Arab Emirates, is official carrier for the Pakistan Special Olympics. Over 7,500 Special Olympics athletes hailing from 185 nations will compete in 22 Olympic sporting events from June 25 to July 9 at this years games. Comprising more than 89 members from across the country, the Pakistan Special Olympics team will be travelling to Greece with Etihad Airways. Country Manager Pakistan for Etihad Airways Amer Khan said his airline was proud to associate itself with initiatives designed to elevate an individuals desire to achieve. This years Special Olympics World Summer Games provide us with the opportunity to support both a fantastic cause, and the many talented individuals representing Pakistan. He wished Pakistan contingent the best of luck in the games. The Special Olympics programme and the first-ever Special Olympics in Pakistan were initiated in the city of Karachi in 1989 by a group of humanitarian individuals who brought together children and adults with special needs to provide them with activities and a chance to compete in sport. Today, the Special Olympics Pakistan programme encompasses individuals with special needs from all over the country with more than 16,000 athlete participants.