Middle East - North Africa

 Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  SOMENA has been exerting throughout the past ten years, the region managed to increase the scores of its athletes from 20 thousand in 2001 up to 150 thousand in 2010.

Stories from Middle East-North Africa


May 22, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

A Very Special Week: From the Eye of a Witness

By Nibal Fetouni

"Thank You Mum"- Special Olympics Bahrain Mrs.Ezan and Tarek

For three days Special Olympics Bahrain organized many activities that foster inclusion: youth, families, volunteers and young athletes.View Story For three days Special Olympics Bahrain organized many activities that foster inclusion: youth, families, volunteers and young athletes. In one public school Wael, Special Olympics Bahrain youth leader, introduced high school students to youth activation, with r-word 2 days campaign held in the city center attracting ~ 7000 likes. Afternoon session thanks to Maasouma & Zouheir, volunteers were introduced to Special Olympics. For parents’ reunion, Eman invited 3 parents to speak about their experience to raise a child with intellectual disability. What was striking is the positive vibes spread around: no complaints just a free spirit to build on” know how”. “Thank you mum” Special Olympics Bahrain campaign is launched on social media (thumb up Ehdaa). Thanks to Hayat & Noof, Young Athletes had their demonstration with parents as coach. Thanks to Abdullah, Athletes leaders are trained on life skills: communication, leadership.. they will receive their athlete leadership diploma. Inspiring closing with volunteers. Without their commitment none of the above could have been achieved. Two goals are defined: fortify US and form a committee.

About Nibal Fetouni:Initiatives Director SOI-MENA
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April 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

ESPN Will Broadcast the 2015 World Games in LA

By Christy White

ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The partnership between ESPN and the 2015 World Games means that ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide will have the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.ESPN has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same playing field. For almost a year, ESPN has used its worldwide broadcasting and publishing power to promote Unified Sports. The agreement to broadcast the 2015 World Games is separate and additional.The agreement provides ESPN with rights to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities. ESPN will produce the Opening Ceremony live as well as a nightly highlights program and KABC-TV will also play a role in the coverage for the Los Angeles market. ESPN will feature both English- and Spanish-language coverage of some parts of LA2015. Specific programming and coverage details will be announced in the months ahead.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics
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March 08, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: United Arab Emirates

Stop possessive use of eponym - See the change

By Rincy Joseph

i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'.View Story i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'. And in fact this was the underlining reason kids born with an extra chromosome was not given any opportunity to grow and get their childhood rights. Their mild problems became worse and ultimately the world concluded that 'R' is the most appropriate term to address. Its time to move from 1961 when the term DS was first accepted. 2014- March 21 lets call the world to address our kids condition as Trisomy 21 which will remove all the existing stigma and help them lead a better life. Stop using the word Down Syndrome or Retard. I would say it is' We' rather our Ancestors who are responsible for this sigma and hurt that our kids suffer now. We know that it was not intensional and understanding its negative impact -Why do we still keep quiet.

About Rincy Joseph:Proactive Thinker, Medical Professional, Mother of a child having Trisomy 21 - Neither 'Down' nor having any 'Syndrome'. "Giving the best inputs and watching the best outputs is our reward".
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March 04, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Saudi Arabia

I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old.

By Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani

When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as ifView Story When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r-word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that is everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as if he does not care. People just love to classify things and the fact is that he is a driver he shouldn't be saying things like that in front of anybody. I don't know if he's trying to sympathize with me or offend me.

About Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani:I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old and I'm living with my family in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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February 20, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Middle East-North Africa Youth Activation Summit

By Nibal Fetouni

2014 SOMENA YAS celebrating unity!

In parallel with Special Olympics North Africa Unified Football Cup, 25 youth with and without Intellectual Disability, representing 6 Special Olympics programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region joined the youth activation summit.View Story In parallel with Special Olympics North Africa Unified Football Cup, 25 youth with and without Intellectual Disability, representing 6 Special Olympics programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region joined the youth activation summit: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt the hosting program. The agenda included different interactions including outside lecturers who discussed specific issues relevant to youth as leadership, school integration, unified sports concepts, building partnership and public speaking. Youth had the opportunity to watch live and evaluate a unified football game between Special Olympics Libya and Special Olympics Algeria and to meet with the football legend Pele for a group photo (a session not intended and which was appreciated by all). A lot of interactive sessions were planned to bring youth together as team work, sharing challenges and best practices, setting goals. 2 goals were assigned as obligatory: carrying the r-word campaign on the 5th of March 2014 or any other school/university day and celebrating EKS day on September 20th, 2014.

About Nibal Fetouni:Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Initiatives Director
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Oct 20 - 24 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics Coaches Training Seminar

Special Olympics in the Middle East - N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics 20-24 October in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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Riyadh
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Dec 3, 2014

2014 Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional Games

Join us for the 8th Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional games on 3-10 December in Muscat, Oman. Thousands of athletes representing countries from around the region will participate in 8 days of peace, celebration and competition in 13 sports. The games will also host a Unified Sports, Special Olympics Youth Summit, Athlete Leadership Congress, Families Forum, Young Athletes Demonstration and Healthy Athletes Screenings.
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Muscat
OMAN


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