The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual challenges and began yesterday with 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries expected to participate across 24 different sports. That’s an impressive amount of super-humans and a lot of sport!
“The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is being hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2019 for the first time in the Middle East, North Africa since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and a global movement which focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.”
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“The event is under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whose leadership and vision have been instrumental in bringing together public and private sector partners to be a part of this worthy cause. Over 7,000 athletes from over 170 countries will be coming to compete in a series of sports, as well as a variety of initiatives and activities held across the seven Emirates.
The Local Organization Committee (an entity independent of Special Olympics UAE) was formed in 2017 to organize and prepare for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It is worthy to note that this same Committee organized the Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018.” abudhabi2019.org
SPORTS INCLUDE >
- Beach Volleyball
- Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic)
- Open Water Swimming
- Roller Skating
- Table Tennis
“Football pitches, basketball courts, swimming pools, running tracks, and dance floors. The action at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 isn’t restricted to traditional sporting competitions. The Dance Sport Challenge will see 130 dancers from 25 nations, including the UAE, take part in a range of exhilarating dance competitions.”abudhabi2019.org
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