Less than 100 days are left for the Special Olympic World Games to kick off in the UAE. Check out some interesting facts here:
- The Special Olympic World Games would be held in the UAE from 14th March to 21st March.
- The Gamed would be held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region.
- Around 7500 athletes would be taking part in the competition, apart from 20000 volunteers.
- Over 500,000 spectators are being expected for the games.
- The best competitors would receive Gold, Silver or Bronze medals, albeit every athlete would be receiving a participation medal.
- A total of 11 venues would be used for the Games in Abu Dhabi, which includes Zayed Sports City, the Yas Marina Circuit, the National Exhibition Centre, the Abu Dhabi Yacht and Sailing Club.
- Other venues being the New York University Abu Dhabi, The Armed Forces Officers Club, and Khalifa International Bowling Centre.
- Dubai would be hosting three venues which includes the Hamdan Sports Complex, La Mer, and the Dubai Police Academy
- All seven emirates will be greeting the athletes before the Games strats as part of a Host Town program. Athletes will be asked to pay a visit to the homes of local residents’.
- For the week-long event a total number of 24 sports are being included. Spectators can watch badminton, bowling, basketball, soccer, cycling, and others.
- There would be around 4.9 million athletes with intellectual disabilities who are involved in Special Olympics internationally.
The Special Olympics World Games is held every two years with the Games alternating between summer and winter competitions. In 2017, Australia hosted the Winter Games. The Abu Dhabi Games would mark the 50th year since the Special Olympics movement started