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Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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January 19, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Top club Red Star Telekom welcomes Special Olympics Serbia players

By Milana Jeremic

Special Olympics Serbia players and coaches spend day with top club Red Star Telekom.

On 9 January 2015 Special Olympics Serbia and Red Star Telekom Basketball Club continued their joint efforts to raise awareness about people with intellectual disability in Serbia while promoting Special Olympics Serbia athletes.View Story On 9 January 2015 Special Olympics Serbia and Red Star Telekom Basketball Club continued their joint efforts to raise awareness about people with intellectual disability in Serbia while promoting Special Olympics Serbia athletes. The event, as part of Christmas celebrations and the second to be organized, saw top Red Star players welcome 20 young Special Olympics players and involve them in warm-up and skills development on court. Off court, professional basketball specialists and coaches from the team discussed basketball rules as well as the rich history of Red Star. The best indicator that the presenters had their listeners’ full attention was during a quiz that followed. The teams were divided into boys and girls and there was a real battle for points. In the end, the girls triumphed with only half a point more. The boys did not seem to be too sad because they had spent such a great day with their sports heroes.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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January 19, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Germany

Roman Eichler at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President

By Samuel Asiedu Poku

Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson, SO Saxony at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President Joachim Gauck and his partner Ms. Daniela Schadt (Foto: federal government/ Guido Bergmann)

Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson of Special Olympics Germany from 2008-2014 and current chair of the expert committee athletes, participated at personal invitation at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President at Bellevue Palace.View Story Roman Eichler, athletes spokesperson of Special Olympics Germany from 2008-2014 and current chair of the expert committee athletes, participated at personal invitation at the New Year's Reception of the Federal President at Bellevue Palace. Roman Eichler was among 60 invited citizens from all federal states rendering outstanding services to the society. The Federal President and his partner Ms. Daniela Schadt honoured the guests for their exceptional efforts. On receipt of the invitation the soccer player from Saxony has already been looking forward to meet Special Olympics Deutschland (Germany) patron Ms. Schadt. After the defilee with around 220 representatives from all areas of public life the Federal President invited the citizens to a joint lunch at the Great Hall of his official residence.

About Samuel Asiedu Poku:My name is Samuel Asiedu Poku and I am working in the national headquarter of Special Olympics Germany in Berlin in the section communication and marketing.
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January 14, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Special Olympics demo at the Floorball World Men's Championships

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Sweden Floorball athletes

More than 40 Special Olympics Sweden athletes representing “Grunden Bois” Gothenburg Club took part in a floorball demonstration during the recent International Floorball Federation World Men`s Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.View Story More than 40 Special Olympics Sweden athletes representing “Grunden Bois” Gothenburg Club took part in a floorball demonstration during the recent International Floorball Federation World Men`s Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Special Olympics athletes were given the opportunity to play short games during official qualification matches in addition to playing during the intermission of the bronze medal final. At the same time there was 2 hours of Special Olympics Floorball demonstration at the Fun Zone just before the main final. Special Olympics partner IFF were instrumental in organising this awareness event for Special Olympics athletes. Special thanks to John Liljelund, IFF General Secretary and his colleagues Merita Bruun and Veli Halonen. This was the fifth IFF Championships that included a Special Olympics demo and participation. Floorball will be included as an official sport at the 2017 World Winter Games in Graz, Austria involving 32 teams. Big congratulations to Special Olympics Sweden athletes.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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January 07, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Chasing Gold and Keeping It In the Family

By Suzanne Coogan

Daniel Wolff of Great Britain on the track.

Almost a century after winning 4 x 400m relay Gold at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, Frederick Wolff is still passing the baton.View Story Almost a century after winning 4 x 400m relay Gold at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, Frederick Wolff is still passing the baton. Freddie, as he was affectionately known, ran the opening leg of the race as he and his team-mates not only won gold, but set a new European record of 3:09. Now it's the turn of great grandson Daniel Wolff to fly the Olympic flag for Great Britain. Daniel, who has autism, was selected as one of 100 athletes who will travel to Los Angeles in July to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games."To represent Special Olympics Great Britain in LA actually means the world to me," says Daniel. "I will try to run like my great grandfather and bring home a medal for my country. That would be fantastic."Daniel says running helps him to relax. "Running is a nice way of getting rid of anything that I'm stressed about. I need to take my training to the next level now in the run up to the LA Games and train every day on the track with my coach and in the gym."

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager of Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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December 31, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Lithuania

Lithuanian Special Olympics athletes were honoured by Lithuanian President and government

By Vaiva Abramaviciute

This year Special Olympics Lithuania counts its 25th anniversary. On the 16 December, Special Olympics Lithuania had a ceremony which was held in the Department of Physical Education and Sport under the government of the Republic of Lithuania.View Story This year Special Olympics Lithuania counts its 25th anniversary. On the 16 December, Special Olympics Lithuania had a ceremony which was held in the Department of Physical Education and Sport under the government of the Republic of Lithuania. The organizers invited all coaches, volunteers, honoured people and athletes involved in Special Olympics, especially those who participated in the 2014 European Games in Antwerp, Belgium. First of all athletes were honoured by the Lithuanian President, Ms Dalia Grybauskaite, who signed certificates of appreciation. The president congratulated each and everyone on their achievements in the summer games, thanked for excellent representation of Lithuania and wished all the best for athletes and coaches in the future works. During the second half of the ceremony, Special Olympics Lithuania president Zenonas Misiunas highlighted the 25th anniversary and gave his thanks for people who are helping Special Olympics in Lithuania to grow and develop. They were honoured by the special made symbol of Special Olympics Lithuania.

About Vaiva Abramaviciute:Vaiva Abramaviciute is Director of Sport Programs for Special Olympics Lithuania.
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