The Special Olympics is currently taking place in Abu Dhabi between 14th and 21st March. It is the first time the event has been held in the Middle East.
An estimated 7500 competitors from 190 countries will take part in 24 summer sports events making it a huge event. Some of the sports are traditional sports whereas others are called unified sports where people with and without intellectual disabilities are on the same team. The sports included are: athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, handball, judo, kayaking, swimming and open water swimming, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
This year, Special Olympics Great Britain has sent its biggest delegation of athletes ever to compete in the World Games with 128 Special Olympic Great Britain athletes from England, Scotland and Wales, all competing across 17 sports for Gold medal glory. Prince Harry sent the competitions a special message wishing all the competitors good luck.
Politicians, celebrities and and business leaders have all become involved and there will be thousands of spectators at the event. The whole purpose of these games is about inclusion and acceptance. It is all about what people can do rather than what people can’t do. So often you hear people say “I can’t do that” but with the right attitude it just goes to show that anything is possible. We look forward to hearing some of the remarkable stories that will come out of this event.
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