Sports Competitions
World Games continues with various competition events; the competition schedule can be found on www.athens2011.org. For overview of schedules – look under tab “Sports” – “Schedule of the Games”.  For sport specific information – look under tab “Results and Reports” and click on appropriate sport and date. Best attempts are being made to post schedules/results within 3-4 hours upon the completion of the sport specific competition of the day. Please check online periodically for updates.
Healthy Athletes Screening (Open 9:00 – 18:00)
Location:  Helexpo Palace
At the Healthy Athletes venue, Senior World Games, Special Olympics, Greek Government, and health organization representatives offer free health screenings and products to Special Olympics athletes throughout the Games. Tours of the health facilities are available.


8:00 – 9:30          
Special Olympics Conversation – From the Founder to the Future: The Importance of Women in the Special Olympics Movement 
Location: Terpsichore Ballroom D, Hilton Hotel
One of the ways Special Olympics will take a step towards achieving gender equality is by unveiling language aligned with the recent amendment to the Olympic Charter: “The IOC encourages and supports the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures, with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women.”  This conversation will discuss how to promote gender equality in Special Olympics.
11:00 – 12:00
Unity Sports Press Conference
Location: OAKA Main Press Conference Room 
Kevin Farr, Michelle Kwan, and Dikembe Mutombo will address the media on how Unity Sports is changing perceptions and break down barriers for people with intellectual disabilities, by uniting people in the joy of competition.  Media interviews will be available after the press conference with the panelist, Apolo Ohno and Mario Ancic.
11:00 – 12:00
Sports Federation Proclamation Signing – International Softball Federation
Location: Softball Venue
13:00 – 13:30
Unity Sports Event – Badminton
Location: Hellinikon Fencing Hall
Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci will be participating in this event.
14:00 – 16:00
Unity Sports Event – Golf
Location: Glyfada Golf Course
15:30 – 16:00
Unity Sports Event – Roller Skating
Location: Peace and Friendship Stadium
Apolo Ohno and Michelle Kwan will be participating in this event.
Media Reception
Location: Athens Golf Club (Terma pronois, Golf Postal Code 70204, 166 10 Glyfada)
Join us for a special reception in honor of our accredited media to thank you for your press coverage of Special Olympics.
WED 29 June
Breakfast Series – From Good to Gold: The Best Coaching Advice
Location: Terpsichore Ballroom D, Hilton Hotel
Join prominent female leaders at a breakfast discussion led by Special Olympics Board members and celebrities.  During the breakfast, participants will share their thoughts about the strategic goals of the Special Olympics movement to expand programs for women and girls around the world.



‘I’m inside, “said the political and ecclesiastical leadership of Evia Program Host Town« Polis Amphitryon. In a ceremony held at County Hall Council Chalkis, signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate the county in this program.

In this context, Chalkis and Eretria will host 300 athletes, four days before the start of the World Special Olympics Games Athens 2011 (25 June – 4 July 2011). The bulk of the children will be staying for free at Hotel Katerina, Eretria.

The President of the Athens 2011 Organizing Committee, Gianna Despotopoulou, in her speech said: “The Chalcis and Eretria were selected for inclusion in 60 cities and islands of Greece, will host these distinguished athletes. This program is an integral part of the World Games. One of the objectives is to promote mutual understanding between different cultures, emphasizing the particular talents and skills of people with intellectual disabilities.

The MoU signed with the President, the Prefect of Evia, D. Bourantas, the mayor Chalkideon Thanassis Zempilis mayor and Eretria Amphitrite Alimpate presence of Bishop Chalkis Istieas and Sporades Chrysostom, MP LD Evia, Simos Kedikoglou of Champion of Peace Aindili ensemble, world wrestling champion Fani Psathas and Special Olympics athletes from Euboea.




283 Days Before the Games


Corfu and the Ionian Islands, embraced with fervor and enthusiasm Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011. In a magnificent location on the island of Corfu, the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the OE Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011, the Ionian islands of Corfu Municipality and the Association of Travel Agents and Maritime Corfu ( AOCTA)

H Chairman of the Organising Committee Ms Gianna Despotopoulou, thanked the people of Corfu hotel that embraces the program “POLIS-AMPHITRYON” to accommodate, just before the Games begin, between 20 and 24 June 2011, over 600 athletes coming from Austria, Germany and Italy, by awarding them with the help of Special Olympics athletes from Corfu, distinctions.

“The Odyssey, Kerkyra is the last stop before reaching the Odysseus of Ithaca. And in our program “POLIS-AMPHITRYON” Corfu is also a milestone which will contribute to the success of the Games, “said Ms Despotopoulou.

“I’m in” exclaimed the Ambassador of Austria, Mr. Michael Lincharnt who expressed the gratitude of his country to the local community for hosting the athletes of Austria on the island of Corfu in the program of the ATHENS 2011. Similar strongly appealed to Corfu and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Germany, Mr. Buddha Delacroix and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Italy Mr. Martin Brooke, who honored the event with their presence.

At the end of the event, Ms. Eleni Bisti, Ambassador of Goodwill Games, Athens 2011, won the highest award of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Medal-Sraiver for the five-year supply and support the movement.

The hotels that will accommodate the athletes are:

1. Aquis Sandy Beach Resort
2. Aqua Land Resort
3. Chandris Hotels & Resorts
4. Corfu Imperial hotel (Grecotel)
5. Elea Beach – Livadi Nafsika Hotel
6. Grand Mediterraneo Resort & Spa
7. Kontokali Bay
8. Louis Hotels
9. Marbella Hotel
10. Park Hotel Corfu
11. Sentido Aeolos Beach Hotel

The Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011. In the 7500 Games will bring together athletes and 2,500 coaches from 185 countries, 3,000 judges / referees, 40,000 family members of athletes, 25,000 volunteers and the event will cover 3,000 journalists from around the world.


1) The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the President of AOCTA, Dimitris Haritos, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the World Games Special Olympics 2011, Gianna Despotopoulou, the Secretary General of the Ionian Islands, Costas Georgalidis and the Mayor of Corfu Sotiris Mikalef (shown from left to right)

2) Joanne Despotopoulou during speech

3) Joanne Despotopoulou children with Special Olympics from Corfu



278 Days Before the Games


Bergamo, Italy, September 8, 21:00 – The pilots of Formula 1, Vettel, Trulli, Lioutsi, Petrov and Algkersouari did not hide their excitement about the fact that in the fourth match Nazionale Piloti 2010, which was held in Bergamo, Italy, September 8, struggled with the colors of the Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 and said together, ‘I’m inside! “.

The pitch framed banners with slogans of the World Games which attracted the attention of 5,000 spectators attended the match.

The pilots had the opportunity to learn about the World Games by envoy ATHENS 2011 Organizing Committee, responsible for Communications, Mars Malta and to express their keen interest to participate in the organization as a communication aid.

Working with the Foundation “Mondiale Piloti per la Solitarieta Onlus” was launched on August 31 when the athletic director of the organization, Mario Di Natale, accompanied by the company Negotiation Know How, which acts as spokesman for the agency in Greece, visited the offices of The . E. Athens 2011 where a meeting with the President of the ATHENS 2011, Mrs Gianna Despotopoulou, was briefed on preparations for the Games and said the support of completing the volunteer application for the games.

The Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011. In the 7500 Games will bring together athletes and 2,500 coaches from 185 countries, 3,000 judges / referees, 40,000 family members of athletes, 25,000 volunteers and the event will cover 3,000 journalists from around the world.

Captions for photos:

1) The uniforms which fought the Nazionale Piloti team of the Athens 2011 logo

2) The Athletic Director of the Agency Mario Di Natale, the pilots of Formula 1 Vettel and Trulli with other players Nazionale Piloti

3) The pilot of Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel during the race

4) The pilot of Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel after the race is very interesting for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens 2011 mission.



The BCA assists in the Special Olympics Athens 2011

As part of its effort to strengthen the spirit of volunteering  bothstudents  and  the general public, BCA Financial KollegioAthinonoffers, in collaboration  with  The Mall Athens, 2 scholarships for full-time curriculum. The only  requirement for lottery scholarshipssymmetochistin fill out the form  volunteering for Special OlympicsWorld Summer Games Athens 2011.

Therefore, from September 28 through October 17, 2010, on the 3rd floor  of The Mall Athens, interested parties can learn aboutvolunteering  and training programs in a specially designed pavilionwill be located in space. The education community is sometimesas important as academic.

Combine the two!

Marketing Department


264 Days Before the Games


Along with the flag of Greece has received the 2007 Special Olympics Games in China, took a pledge to support the Games in Athens in 2011. Just three years later, the dream became reality with the formal signing of an agreement between the President and CEO of COSCO Pacific Limited, Captain Wei Jiafu, and Chairman of the Organizing Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011, Mrs Gianna Despotopoulou presence of SA Prime Ministers of China, Mr. Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister George Papandreou at the Maximos Mansion Saturday, October 2.

“The negotiations for this agreement began before about two years and success is due in large proportion in the sensitive and energetic ambassador of China, Mr. Luo Linquan» said the president of Athens 2011 and added: “A big thank you toambassador who brought us so close to Captain Wei Jiafu, who believed in our vision and actively demonstrate its support for the organization.

The sponsorship includes the cost of 32,000 full uniforms for all categories of volunteers and paid staff, 17.000 t-shirts that will be offered to athletes and their coaches and the 600 full suits of the Greek delegation will participate at the World Games. All this equipment will be delivered at the distribution center uniforms (impressions) and accreditation of GP Athens 2011 to April 2011.

Particularly important is the contribution of COSCO and the voluntary sector in the presence of hundreds of Chinese who unanimously said ‘I’m inside! “. The offer of COSCO in manpower and material puts the official sponsors.

The Special Olympics World Games ATHENS 2011 will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011. In the 7500 Games will bring together athletes and 2,500 coaches from 185 countries, 3,000 judges / referees, 40,000 family members of athletes, 25,000 volunteers and the event will cover 3,000 journalists from around the world.


Foto1: President and CEO of COSCO Pacific Limited, Captain Wei Jiafu signed an agreement with the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011, Gianna Despotopoulou, in the eyes of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China and Greece, George Papandreou

Foto2: Joanne Despotopoulou by Captain Wei Jiafu after the ratification of the agreement between the ATHENS 2011 Organising Committee and COSCO

Foto3: Joanne Despotopoulou responsible for communication with the ATHENS 2011 Alexandra Oikonomidou along with some volunteers COSCO


263 Days Before the Games

Inspired by the ANCIENT GREECE The torch of the World Games

Simple and plain, fully representative of the movement, Special Olympics, the torch of the World Games 2011 presented today at an event at Zappeion. Create ZOLOTAS house, coal and gold, height 45 cm and weighs 1450 grams, is the torch which will be transferred to the Flame of Hope for the torch relay will be completed at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on June 25, 2011, inOpening Ceremony of the World Games Special Olympics.

The first torch was offered to the President of the Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias, the President of the Organizing Athens 2011, and others. Gianna Despotopoulou with the Special Olympics athlete Kostas Tzoumerka who epeskefthisan at the Presidential Palace immediately after the event for the formal presentation, together with Deputy Minister of Health, Nutrition and Sports, Mr Chris Nightingale.

Ms. Despotopoulou thanked the President of the Republic accepted, said: “We are very excited. This day for us is very important because it presented the torch of the Games and torch must first offer it to you. With such a volunteer we have, the first citizen of the country, we are confident that the Games would be crowned with complete success. Already contributed to the success of the Games because, following your example, have so far signed up 14,500 volunteers. Our goal is 19,000 and continue the campaign. ”
In reply to Mr Karolos Papoulias said: “I am pleased to contribute too. Thank you very much. And I would like to thank everyone for this very important work you do and will surely go well. ”

Earlier, during the presentation of the torch, Ms Despotopoulou in her speech said: “We are 263 days before the Games, the requirements are large. The difficult situation. We stubbornly proceed to the organization with the support of both the State and the Greek and foreign entrepreneurs. I would like to thank the creator of the torch Mr. George Papalexi ZOLOTAS the house. It is a torch that will carry messages of coexistence, love and solidarity.The Touch the Flame of Hope will take place at Holy Hill in Pnyx June 9, 2011 and will start from where the first relay station in Istanbul ”

The floor then took the Secretary of Health, Nutrition and Sports, Chris Nightingale, “Listening to your own words one can travel in a world of solidarity, love and brotherhood. These games have a sense of belonging and not the championship. This is the big event of 2011. We in the United States have an obligation to stand next to this effort and support it. ”

George Papalexis creator of the torch, analyzed in detail the sources of inspiration and in his speech said: “I would like to thank the Special Olympics giaftin the opportunity given to us to create a torch-like ornament called the house ZOLOTAS. It is the first time you do something. The torch carrying the message to the end of hostilities. We chose the Meandros ancient symbol of the infinite, eternal life. It also has the symbolism of Chiron handle. This is an eternal symbol of victory against the impossible. Something that fits in these individual races to be held in Athens. A second element of inspiration is the Ionic column. We combined the fret, the column metal charcoal and gold.

The firm will provide 40 ZOLOTAS torches in OE Special Olympics ATHENS 2011 for the purpose of relay

Photo 1: From left in photo, Secretary of Health, Nutrition and Sports, Mr Chris Nightingale, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Special Olympics «Athens 2011 ‘u. Gianna Despotopoulou, athletes and the creator of the torch Mr. George Papalexi

PHOTO 2: From left in photo, the creator of the torch, the Special Olympics athlete Tzoumerkas Costas, the owner of the house ZOLOTAS Ms. Marianna Papalexi the President of the Organizing Committee Special Olympics «Athens 2011 ‘u. Gianna Despotopoulou, the Secretary General of the Republic Presidency, Ambassador George Costas and President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.



Memorandum of John YTHYNAL Diamantidis with the President of Special Olympics Gianna Despotopoulou

Signed today Wednesday, December 8 of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Islands John Diamandis and Chairman of Special Olympics Joanna Despotopoulou the facilities required in terms YTHYNAL for the successful hosting of the Games.

The President of the Organizing Committee Mr. Despotopoulou decorate the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Islands Mr. John Diamantidis with the highest medal of honor the Special Olympics because, as he said “first of all Mr Diamantidis is a man of Alpha Chapter.

Below are the statements of Mr. John YTHYNAL Diamandis and Chairman of Special Olympics by Joanna Despotopoulou.

Mr. Minister: “It’s a great pleasure for us, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Islands, welcoming the President of the Special Olympics, an institution that makes our country proud. We supply u Despotopoulou such events as evidenced by its recent Olympic Games in Athens, which arguably was the most successful. I’m pretty sure that the games will be summer in our country, those in the Special Olympics, it will mark the progress of our country to big events, that will go onto success. I am sure that with your effort and of course with the assistance of the state, we get the best possible outcome, so these games to become the flag of our country in the world and certainly will be the best advertisement for our country a particularly difficult period.Besides, our Prime Minister Papandreou has been for many years to participate in those efforts which emphasizes the timeless relevance of these matches. That’s why we like YTHYNAL signing today of this Memorandum to make them act that you have planned for better conduct of the games, for better advertising of matches around the world and I hope these games to make back our country proud.

Ms Despotopoulou: “Sir, I would like to thank you very much for your kind words and warm welcome they have given to me and my colleagues and congratulate your colleagues, who responded immediately to all our call. Honestly, thank you and congratulate you on your choice of partners. To thank the representatives of coastal shipping, but also the honorary president of the Union of Passenger Ship Owners Ship Mr. Potamianos, a founding member of the Special Olympics and its first president and of course the President of the Piraeus Port Authority, Mr. Anomeritis.Working with all of you are excellent, the project that we undertake is vast in size of the Special Olympics World Games is equal to;Olympic Games. 7500 will bring athletes, 2,500 coaches, 40,000 family members of athletes, 3,000 representatives of media from 185 countries, our athletes will compete in 22 sports in all Olympic venues, and will come officials, government representatives and the Heads of State today I got the second President of the State said, is from Malawi, many heads of state come here, ministers, and prominent personalities from the arts, literature, sport, will come the President of the International Olympic Committee of course, comes the Prince Albert of Monaco, who said, will come members of various other brands in Europe and the Middle East, and many of your counterparts across the world and what will be the spice in our struggles are the Hollywood stars, many of the stars of Hollywood, are members of the International Commission and us because there is a tendency now are all big stars on the side of vulnerable groups, have met almost all of our invitation and I’ll say 3-4 big names are sure to come, Tom Hanks with Rita Wilson will attend the opening ceremony and clearly will be here Elton John and Paul McCartney, Elton John will play the piano along with that Korkolis has composed the musical theme of the Games, will be or Beyonce or Sacira to sing the song, one of the two has not been confirmed yet, and many others, Clinton will come anyway because it plays a role in opening ceremonybecause they are the first matches take place without the presence of the founder of Special Olympics was Eunice Kennedy, sister of John Kennedy, and Kennedy’s role, she will speak at the opening ceremony, but will speak at the Clinton who was a volunteer the Special Olympics, instead of that last year went to heaven. ”

Mr. Minister: “To say that this effort is to make a collective effort on our country, above all, and all the children of course and I’m pretty sure that you make the call and call and to the Union coaster willrespond positively and will help. Besides, here are representatives of companies and will help as they helped other professional groups, and of course the government with all the understandings signed with other ministries, which we will do today to ‘dress’ as you said with our signature. “

In Lapland, the flag of SPECIAL OLYMPICS!

Source : http://www.athens2011.org

163 Days Before the Games

In Lapland, the flag of SPECIAL OLYMPICS!

The flag of the Special Olympics Hellas came to the Finnish Lapland, sending the northernmost part of Europe, the message for the World Games Special Olympics «Athens 2011″ will be summer in Greece.

The flag was carried by John Panagiotopoulos is a volunteer for Special Olympics and this symbolism everywhere wanted to spread the slogan for the World Games. The Greek climber traveled to Lapland in order to prepare properly for the planned ascent to Kilimanjaro, where you have been with him in the banner of Special Olympics Hellas.
Giannis Panagiotopoulos thus continues the tradition set last year when they raised the banner of Special Olympics Hellas Mount Atlas of Morocco.

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