Switzerland: World Summer Games 2011 Athens

Image Special Olympics HeaderThe adventure begins …

With great emotion I have selected the coach for the Special Olympics World Games in Athens on Saturday the 30th October can receive in Zofingen. The delegation is represented linguistically seen from all over Switzerland. It will be the representative to today’s largest delegation from Switzerland, because they included more than 100 participants, coaches and athletes, there is. The athletes will compete in 11 sports:

Soccer, basketball, swimming, athletics, cycling, golf, horse riding, table tennis, tennis, bowling, judo.

Aldo Doninelli was proud to imagine the beautiful race courses, which are largely the same as those for the Olympic Games in Athens 2008. For many participants it is their first participation in World Games. They understood that their engagement will be huge, but they also realize that they will experience with the athletes a unique human and sporting adventure.

Didier Bonvin

Kurt Murer (membre du Conseil d'administration et de délégation assistant chef), Kathrin Menet (equitation), René Tarnutzer (basketball), Ambros Birrer (football féminin), Nicola Valerio (golf), Simone Schilling (Pres. Committee of the athlete) Pietro Grandi (bowls), Elisa Martinali (derrière athlétisme,), Manuela Adami (devant, athlétisme), Gisela Knijff-Imark (football féminin), Nicole Stein (equitation), Martine Kessi (natation), Corinne Michaud (natation) Cecilia Evenblij (judo), Andreas Hünig (responsable Plusport Basel), Didier Berruex (judo), Marc Walder (football féminin), Florian Botta (masculin football). Devant, de gauche à droite: Peter Lehmann (cyclisme), Monika Manoglou (basketball), Philip Augst (tennis), Bruno Barth (futur directeur de Suisse SO), Aldo Doninelli (Chef de délégation)

Kurt Murer (membre du Conseil d'administration et de délégation assistant chef), Kathrin Menet (equitation), René Tarnutzer (basketball), Ambros Birrer (football féminin), Nicola Valerio (golf), Simone Schilling (Pres. Committee of the athlete) Pietro Grandi (bowls), Elisa Martinali (derrière athlétisme,), Manuela Adami (devant, athlétisme), Gisela Knijff-Imark (football féminin), Nicole Stein (equitation), Martine Kessi (natation), Corinne Michaud (natation) Cecilia Evenblij (judo), Andreas Hünig (responsable Plusport Basel), Didier Berruex (judo), Marc Walder (football féminin), Florian Botta (masculin football). Devant, de gauche à droite: Peter Lehmann (cyclisme), Monika Manoglou (basketball), Philip Augst (tennis), Bruno Barth (futur directeur de Suisse SO), Aldo Doninelli (Chef de délégation)

Swedish squad: Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011

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The Swedish squad for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2011 consists of athletes and leaders in eight different sports: swimming, athletics, basketball, bowling, horse riding, football (men and unified), golf and judo.

Some facts about the squad:
* There are a total of 86 people in the squad (which are not reserves included)
* Of these 86 are 45 men and 41 women
* The squad consists of 63 active and 23 leaders

Download the composition of the Swedish squad for the Special Olympics World Summer Games!

Here you can read the roles that exist within the squad.

Troop Leadership (also known as HOD and A-HOD)
Has overall responsibility for the Swedish squad and is also responsible for the planning of the Swedish participation, contacts with the contest organizer, etc.

Key Leaders
The person who has a key responsibility in a specific sport.

Editorial
Responsible, together with the main leader of a specific sport.

Active
Our contestants! An active can only be in one sport, but can participate in several disciplines within the sport.

Partners
Included in our football team’s unified. Within unified as competing individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together with each other.

The delegation of Spain will compete in Special Olympics Athnes 2011

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Athens 2011 – General Program

From June 24 to July 4, 2011

Special Olympics, the international movement leading sport for persons with intellectual disabilities, invited the world to be part of a global society where the acceptance and inclusion of all people transcend physical boundaries, cultural and geographical.
World Summer Games 2011 Special Olympics unite the world through sports, celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities, and form a new global vision of acceptance and mutual respect.
Include the diversity of all the capabilities of people around the world and celebrate differences. Through these World Games, Special Olympics athletes transcend the boundaries of geography, nationality, political, philosophical, gender, age, culture and religion. Is the common desire to excel, the shared moment of victory, all offered by even the most different.
The spirit of unity on the playing fields, in families and communities around the world that does build better livelihoods for all.Together we can learn to accept the other, and this will allow us all to contribute to a society and a world in which we all belong.

FUNDACION MAPFRE - II Jornada de Pruebas Motrices Sevilla 2011Dates: June 24 to July 4, 2011

Location: Athens. Greece.

Participants: More than 7,500 athletes from 185 countries, 2,500 coaches, 25,000 volunteers, 3,000 judges and referees, thousands of families, friends, spectators and journalists from every continent.

Activities
Host Town Program

Sport Competition. 22 sports

Torch

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Health Programs

Leisure Programme

Families Program

Guest Programme

The delegation of Spain will compete in Special Olympics the following facilities:

Athletics

La Rioja, Madrid

Olympic Stadium – OAKA (Olympic Sports Complex Athens)

Badminton

Catalonia

Fencing Hall – HELC (Helliniko Olympic Complex)

Basketball

Andalusia, Castilla y León, Galicia, Madrid

Olympic flag – OAKA (Olympic Sports Complex Athens)

Bocce

Murcia

Sports Hall 1 – SEFP (Stadium of Peace and Friendship of Piraeus)

Cycling

Castilla y León

Olympic Hockey Centre – HELC

Football 5

Madrid, Galicia

Olympic Hockey Centre – HELC

Football 11

Andalusia, Aragon

Agios Kosmas Training Center

Artistic Gymnastics

Catalonia

Olympic flag – HELC

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Castilla – La Mancha

Olympic flag – HELC

Golf

Castilla y LeónMadrid

Glyfada Golf

Horse Riding

Castilla y León, Cataluña, Com.Valencia

Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre

Kayak

Com. Valencia

Centre Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Schinias

Swimming

Castilla La Mancha, Catalonia

Olympic Aquatic Centre – OAKA

Tennis

Balearic Islands, Catalonia

Olympic Tennis Centre – OAKA

Table tennis

Aragón, Baleares

Sports Hall 2 – SEFP

Vela

Catalonia

Schinias Sailing Academy

Imagen de la final disputada por España y Turquía

Participants

Autonomous Regions ATHLETES . TOTAL TECHNICAL TOTAL
ANDALUSIA 11 3 14
ARAGON 13 3 16
BALEARES 3 1 4
CASTILLA – LA MANCHA 8 2 10
CASTILLA Y LEON 15 4 19
CATALUÑA 24 7 31
GALICIA 8 2 10
LA RIOJA 4 1 5
MADRID 17 3 20
MURCIA 4 1 5
COM. VALENCIANA 5 1 6
S.O.E. 0 6 6

TOTAL

112

34

146

SO San Marino at the upcoming World Championships in Athens

San Marino athletes will be in Greece from June 20 to July 4, 2011

Special Olympics, the international program leader in the field of intellectual disabilities, is organizing the World Summer Special Olympics Games Athens 2011. The Games will unite the world through sport and make it possible to celebrate the skills and talent of people with intellectual disabilities, creating a new global vision of acceptance, acceptance and integration.

Vision: to embrace global diversity through individual skills and celebrate all differences. Through the World Games, Special Olympics Athletes go beyond the geographical borders, political, cultural and especially religious. The chase common goal and sharing moments of victory are a unique combination. This spirit of partnership will be elsewhere on the playing fields, among the families that follow their own athletes and communities that welcome the athletes, ensuring a better life for all.


—> VISIT THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE GAMES 

  • When: June 25-July 4 2011
        Participants:
    • 7500 Athletes
    • 3000 Technical and judges
    • 185 Nations participating
    • 25,000 Volunteers
    • 40000 Family
    • Thousands of spectators and journalists from around the world

    Where: Athens, Greece

    Sports : Special Olympics Athletes of all skill levels will compete in 22 disciplines: swimming, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, horse riding, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, kayaking, weightlifting, skating , sailing, softball, table tennis, handball, tennis, volleyball.

    SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Torch Run : The Olympic Torch, escorted by the police and accompanied by the International Special Olympics athletes, travels the world to celebrate the Summer World Games.
  • Host Town Program : in the days before the start of the Games – between 20 and 24 June – the delegations are housed in the 13 regions of Greece. This program offers hospitality to the Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to learn about local traditions, become familiar with new surroundings and is a time of integration and cultural exchange.
  • Opening Ceremony : June 25. The Olympic Stadium in Athens, where they celebrated the 2004 Olympics, is home to a dazzling spectacle of entertainment to kick off the Summer World Games.
  • Global Youth Summit : 4-day meeting that brings together young people with and without intellectual disabilities to discuss issues on education. The inaugural forum was held in 2001 during the Winter Games held in Anchorage, Alaska (USA), and was broadcast by Nickelodeon (Nick News). At the second Forum, held in Dublin on the occasion of the World Summer Games in 2003, Nelson Mandela participated with Colin Farrell and Maria Shriver. MTV passed it in the United Kingdom. The Youth Forum of the 2005 World Games in Nagano, Japan, was attended by over 300 Japanese youth and of ‘former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the show was aired on national television in Japan.
  • The Healthy Athletes Program : Volunteers provide medical specialists Athletes nvarietà a free screening of the highest quality.In the past, thanks to these screening were uncovered serious health problems untreated and athletes have learned to take care of themselves and make healthy choices.
  • Special Smiles : The program offers comprehensive screening apparatus oral donation of hygiene kits and moments of oral health education and prevention.
    • Opening Eyes Program optometric vision screening, designed to improve the quality of vision of people with intellectual disabilities, offers 18 non-invasive test visual custom, high quality (visual acuity, stereopsis, color vision, retinoscopy, ophthalmoscopy, refraction , etc.).. It also provides advice and information on prevention for all athletes, their families and sports coaches. \ \ \ \ N
    • Healthy Hearing : This program stems from the awareness that very often the hearing problems are identified in school age because of the strong relationship that may exist between learning disabilities and hearing impairment. In the case of a student with an intellectual disability, the symptoms become more complex by the emergence and the diagnosis becomes even more problematic. Through this program, the athletes are subjected to a series of audiological tests of high quality, divided into four screening stations: the first two “base” include cleaning of the ear canal and the Test of otoacoustic emissions (OAE), while the last two are more specific and provide the Tympanometer and audiometric testing. At the end of the screening are given ear plugs and other gadgets.
    • Health Promotion : Maintaining a good level of welfare is the primary goal of the program. By giving athletes the opportunity to measure their body mass, height and weight, is designed to provide advice on nutrition with a view to improve their sports performance.
    • Fit Feet: The program provides complete screening of the foot, using a platform that tests the support of the foot and identify areas of load is too high. After the screening, if it becomes necessary, corrective orthotics are prescribed and carried out emergency health interventions in order to allow the resumption of sporting activities. In addition, volunteers provide information to improve the foot health and opportunities for education for prevention.
    • FunFitness The program provides valuable tips to improve sports performance, prevent injury or muscle damage and perform tests to assess your posture and balance of athletes. Volunteers teach boys and technical exercises to improve posture and show their warm-up exercises, enhanced strength and muscular endurance.
  • Family Forum: the families of Special Olympics athletes will gather for three days to explore topics of common interest. The Forum is thus an opportunity to share ideas and exchange experiences, problems and solutions.
  • Closing Ceremony : July 4. An event to celebrate the talent of the athletes and officially close the Games taking place at the Marble Stadium in Athens, in the shadow of the Acropolis where they celebrated and the first modern Olympics in 1896

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TEAM SAN MARINO

San Marino participates with a delegation of 29 athletes, 8 technicians, 3 and 2 AS Staff Delegates for a total of 42 people!
Italian athletes competing in the disciplines of Athletics, Bocce, Bowling, Football 7-unified, Gymnastics, Swimming

Romania: The countdown has begun! There are 100 days until the Special Olympics Summer World Games, Athens 2011!

Link :http://www.specialolympics.ro/index.php?cat=100_de_zile_

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Special Olympics Summer World Games 2011 will take place in Athens from June 25 to July 4, 2011 and will bring together international celebrities, dignitaries, heads of state and leaders in education, health, business and sport, all present to support the special move Olympics. This world class event will celebrate the triumph of human spirit and courage of the 7,500 Special Olympics athletes from over 172 countries who will compete in 22 sports, showing the world the unlimited potential that we have people with intellectual disabilities. Athens, birthplace of the Olympics, a city which is a legacy of the ancient sport, will now become the symbol of courage, dedication and talent of Special Olympics athletes.

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The delegation will represent Romania in this competition include 50 athletes and coaches. Special Olympics athletes in Romania will have the opportunity to prove your sports skills, willingness and courage by competing in sports such as athletics, basketball, bocce, football, artistic gymnastics and table tennis.

In addition to sporting events, the Special Olympics Summer World Games will run several other programs: Host Town Race Flame of Hope, Health and Sports Youth Sports Program, Family Forum, Youth Forum, Symposium Special Olympics and the Olympic Village.
For more details:

www.facebook.com / SpecialOlympicsWorldGames 
www.twitter.com/Athens_2011 
www.youtube.com/Athens2011


A WORLD STAGE TO BUILD AWARENESS

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With less than 100 days to go before the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, we celebrate the year-round efforts and achievements of the movement’s athletes. World Games are not only exciting sports events but also create lasting legacies of positive change in participating countries.

Athletes Unite
This summer, nearly 7,500 athletes from 180 countries will converge on the most important site in the history of Olympic sport for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

It will be the world’s largest sporting event of the year, a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities and clear progress toward a new global vision of acceptance. (Visit the official 2011 World Summer Games website)

From June 25 through July 4, the World Summer Games will also involve 2,500 coaches, 25,000 volunteers, 3,000 technical officials and referees and tens of thousands of family, friends and fans.

They will gather to watch and cheer as Special Olympics athletes compete in 22 Olympic-style sports in the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Special Olympics Chairman and CEO Tim Shriver invites all to come and see the World Games and the athletes in action. The impact goes beyond competition, as the Games stand as a symbol of hope for a more just and unified world. Hear more.

Looking even further ahead, South Korea will be next to host the World Games — the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2013. (See press release of the announcement.)


The World Games
Alternating between summer and winter, the Special Olympics World Games are one of the world’s largest sporting events, drawing as many if not more athletes than the Olympics. Every two years since 1968, athletes from more than 100 nations have gathered to celebrate sport and showcase the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world.

One Athlete’s Journey
Alcino Pereira from East Timor is an example of how one athlete’s journey to the World Games can open doors for others, even in a place of conflict. East Timor is a war-torn nation that has been struggling for more than 30 years to gain independence from Indonesia. In all this devastation, people with intellectual disabilities are often abandoned and forgotten. Pereira, 38, an orphan whose father was killed in an uprising, has never had access to health care, and he is unable to speak. He walks with a limp and has limited motion in one arm – but he loves to run. Every day he runs across his home town of Dili in worn-out sneakers, earning him the nickname, “the running man.”

“The Running Man”
In 2007, “the running man” was East Timor’s first Special Olympics athlete to compete at the World Games – making him famous in his home country. The people of East Timor, including the prime minister and the bishop, rallied in support of his trip to Shanghai, China, site of the Games. Though Pereira did not win his race, he brought spectators to their feet. When he returned to East Timor, he became the face of a public awareness campaign aimed at helping more citizens with intellectual disabilities in his country.

Inspiring Nations
The bravery of athletes competing at World Games inspires participating nations and brings much-needed attention to the conditions of people with intellectual disabilities within their borders. At the same time, the World Games provide opportunity for cross-cultural conversations about how to foster inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Athletes, families,volunteersworld leaders and Special Olympics celebrity ambassadors convene at the Games to attend policy summits, exchange ideas and talk to the public about the life-changing transformations Special Olympics brings about in participants and communities.

The World Games are also catalysts for change within the countries that host them. World Games stimulate local economies and create momentum for citizen engagement by promoting grass-roots volunteerism – as seen in Ireland during the 2003 World Games, when 30,000 people from across the nation volunteered to work at Games in Dublin.

This catalyzing effect extends beyond communities to include governments as well. Ireland passed a new disability act after it hosted the 2003 World Games. And leading up to the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China unveiled an unprecedented five-year government growth plan that included new educational, job and health care opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities across the nation.

Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver did the best job of summing up the power of the World Games:
“Special Olympics is one ‘issue’ any local or national government can and will support once they have the unique experience of hosting a World Games and learning more about these athletes. I say this emphatically because it has happened after every World Games in our history. It always happens.”

Μission of Special Olympics Russia

Μission of Special Olympics Russia

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide a year-round training and competitions in various sports for children and adults with disabilities mentaolnymi that creates a permanent capacity to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, get joy and participate in the development of talents, skills and friendly relations with family members , other Special Olympics athletes and the community as a whole.

The main purpose of the Special Olympics – to help people with intellectual disabilities to become full members of society, receiving productive participation in public life, through proedostavleniya these people just vozmozhnosteydlya showcase their talents in sports and by informing the public about their capabilities and needs.

Osnovopolagayushie principles on which the Organization was founded on “Special Olympics”, and that should be in the future to determine the order of activity and development of the global Special Olympics movement, include the following provisions:

  • People with intellectual disabilities can, with appropriate training and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of people with certain mental and physical disabilities. 

  • Holistic training process, organized under the guidance of qualified coaches and concentrated on improving the fitness level of participants of training, is extremely important for the development of athletic skills and athletic competition among people of equal ability levels are the most valid method of assessing skills, measuring progress and to stimulate personal growth. 

  • Through sports training and competition people with disabilities in the intellectual development of improved physically, mentally, socially and spiritually strengthens family relationships, and society as a whole, as a result of direct participation and observation of activities, combined with people with mental disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and adoption. 

  • Any person with disabilities in intellectual development, meeting the criteria defined in these General Regulations (see Article 6, Section 6.01) should be able to benefit from the program of sports training and competition offered by Special Olympics. 

  • Organization, Special Olympics “should overcome all racial, sexual, religious and geographic boundaries, as well as separation on grounds of national origin and political philosophy, creating opportunities for sports training and competitions in accordance with unified global standards for all people with disabilities in intellectual development that meet specific criteria. 

  • Special Olympics welcomes and seeks to develop the spirit of sportsmanship and love to participate in sports just for the sake of participation.To achieve this goal, Special Olympics involves giving every athlete the opportunity to participate in training and competition, allowing more fully demonstrate the potential of every athlete regardless of ability level. That is why the organization, Special Olympics, “requires that a program of games and tournaments of the Special Olympics have been included sports and types of programs for athletes of all ability levels, and competition in team sports provides each athlete the opportunity to participate in each game. 

  • Special Olympics welcomes the development of opportunities for sports training and competitions at local and regional levels, within individual communities (including schools), which is a means of involvement in the program the largest number of athletes eligible to participate in the Special Olympics.

(General rules for the Special Olympics)

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Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons from December 20, 1971
(Adopted by the UN General Assembly)

  1. Mentally retarded person has, to the maximum extent feasible, the same rights as other people.
  2. Mentally retarded person has a right to proper medical care and treatment, as well as the right to education, training, rehabilitation and protection, which will allow him to develop his ability and maximum potential.
  3. Mentally retarded person has a right to maintenance and to a decent standard of living. It has the right to perform productive work or to engage in any other meaningful occupation to the fullest extent of its capabilities.
  4. In cases where this is possible, mentally retarded person should live in their homes or with foster parents and to participate in various forms of community life. Families of such persons should receive assistance. If necessary, the premises of such person in an institution must make the new environment and living conditions as possible to those of normal life.

Summer Sports photo : Special Olympics Athenes 2007

The 2011 World Summer Games kick off in June. See a slideshow of great summer sports shots from Special Olympics worldwide

Link :http://www.specialolympics.org/slideshow_summer_sports.aspx

Athens will host the Word Special Olympics 2011

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A small smiling sun named Apollon, after the name of the god of light, is swimming, rowing, running and saying “I’m in.” These are the symbol and the motto of the International Special Olympics Athens 2011 which will be held from June 25 to July 4 in Athens.

150 days before the official opening ceremony of the biggest sports event for people with intellectual disabilities the Greek Organizing Committee held a sponsors’ conference to present the course of preparation.

7500 athletes from 185 countries will participate in 22 Olympic disciplines. 2500 coaches and 40,000 athletes’ family members will arrive together with them in Athens.

“More than 3000 representatives of international media and 2500 world-known people will visit Athens in this difficult economic period. This is very important for tourism. We try to invite a celebrity to attract the attention of world media in other cases. Now, they will come here wishing to be involved in the efforts of our special athletes,” said in her speech the president of Special Olympics Hellas Joanna Despotopoulou.

She stressed that the games would be influenced by the Greek culture and history and dedicated to the founder of the games Eunice Kennedy Shriver two years after her death. “The games in Athens will be filled with symbolism because they will be held in the country of the “fair play” where the true values of sportiness were born. Here the talent of athletes from Special Olympics will remind us of the true meaning of sport.”

Lee Todd of the International Special Olympics Committee noted in his speech that a new era of the games would begin in Athens. “It’s always very difficult to decide where the next games will be held. We do not want to say “no” to any country. However, when we visited Greece to see the sports facilities and infrastructure we were amazed by the support of the Greek Government and the huge enthusiasm of the Greek Committee. So, we decided to hold the games here.”

The Fire of Hope as it is called will be lit in the presence of the Greek President Karolos Papoulias on June 9 on the hill of Pnika at the foot of the Acropolis where were held the meetings of the assembly of the Athenians in ancient times. The first and the other priestesses will be girls from the Greek Special Olympics gymnastics team. After the fire is lit it will be carried to 60 cities and islands in Greece. The honour guard of the Fire of Hope will involve Evzones of the Presidential Guards.

The torchlight procession will involve 140 police officers from Greece and around the world approved by the local committees of the games. Together with them the fire will carry athletes of the Special Olympics and volunteers from the settlements through which the procession will pass. The aim of the organizers is to acquaint the Greek society with the sporting event attended by special athletes and send the message of the Special Olympics games and movement.

The fire will not make a world tour. It will go in only three cities of very strong influence upon the Greek history and culture: Alexandria in Egypt, Paphos in Cyprus and Istanbul in Turkey.

Immediately after their arrival at the Athens airport the athletes and their coaches will be sent in 60 towns and islands all over the country in the framework of the Polis-Amfitryon program. The aim is to get to know Greek culture, but also to acquaint local communities with their special qualities and skills and to hold their training. According to organizers, hotel-keepers’ response to provide free accommodation is huge and hundreds of youths have applied as volunteers to participate in the organization of events for the athletes.

The Fire of Hope will return to Athens on June 24 and will go through all the monuments in the Greek capital. There, it will be carried to the sacred hill of the Acropolis where it will remain throughout the night guarded by the Evzones of the President. There is the symbolism again because this is the place of the altar where the fire of the Panatinskite games was lit.

The Special Olympics opening and closing ceremonies are directed by the famous choreographer Fokas Evangelinos. He did not reveal anything of the performances but promised they would be fantastic and very interesting. “We chose the opening and closing ceremonies of the games to take place on the old Olympic Stadium in Athens, because as Mrs. Despotopoulou said, there are Olympic Stadiums in all countries but Kalimarmaro is only in Greece.

I’m excited not only by the fact that I am engaged with the ceremonies in the stadium where the first contemporary Olympic Games were held but by the huge interest of volunteers. I’m sure we will all be better people when the fire goes out.”

Within the games will be held various programs and events such as world youth summit which will involve groups of children from all over the world aged between 12 and 17 years. The aim is those who will take the future of the planet into their own hands to get acquainted with people with intellectual disabilities, to exchange ideas and discuss things they would like to change in order to create a society of mutual respect.

“I have met in my life many families with children different from us, the normal. They were imprisoned in their homes and their families tried to hide them from all around, to forget that they exist. The idea behind the Special Olympics movement got these people out of these prisons and they not only have something to say, but often teach us many things.

I tried to find the talent of the children while working with them. And do you know where I found it? I found it in their eyes. When they look at us they want to say “Love us because we can,” said in her brief speech the Olympic champion Voula Patoulidou, the head of volunteers in the Greek Committee of Special Olympics.

Main sponsor of the Games is the state sports lottery OPAP. Coca-Cola, Mattel Toy Company and Procter&Gamble are the international sponsors and nearly 20 Greek companies will support the realization of the sporting event. The athletes and the Fire of Hope will be provided free transport by Aegean Airlines and shipping companies in Greece

 

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