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.

Special Olympics MENA Regional Games See Slideshow
My Daughter ... My Teacher Read their Story
In the 24th of September EKS Day was celebrated around the region See Slideshow
SOMENA Results in the World Summer Games Athens 2011. See Results

Stories from Middle East-North Africa


October 01, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel

By Kate McKenna

The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community development.View Story The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community development. Solving Social Problems Mr. Wahab will serve as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s Community Development Expert. Mr. Wahab is Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa. Egypt’s Community Development Board is composed of specialized scholars, professors, experts and youth leaders in different social and community realms, ranging from architecture and urban development, literature and social sciences, education and journalism. The board works to solve negative social phenomena in Egypt, such as homelessness among children and harassment issues.

About Kate McKenna:I am the director of editorial and multimedia production for Special Olympics.
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October 01, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Special Olympics Lebanon EKS day Activity One

By Fouad Marouch

Fadi and Mohammed Saadeh SOL athlete

Special Olympics Lebanon organized a Sports Clinic in Sports Injuries & Sports Nutrition for athletes, coaches and partners. This is one of the 3 events that we organized to celebrate the vision of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.View Story Special Olympics Lebanon organized a Sports Clinic in Sports Injuries & Sports Nutrition for athletes, coaches and partners. This is one of the 3 events that we organized to celebrate the vision of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Our lecturers were Mr.Fadi Halabi, nutrition specialist, and Miss Rima Khoury, a body injury specialist. Fadi said that to keep athletes’ attention, details need to be communicated in clear way: explain basics for a healthy diet with a focus on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. To avoid sports drinks and Red Bull, which contains the same caffeine as several cups of cofee; choose water whenever thirsty. Rima: gave some guidelines for injured athletes at the sports court: - Give an injured athlete space; Choose adequate sports shoes; 10 persons can be injured out of 100 because of shoes; Ice is a good option at the onset of the injury; In case of spine injury do not move the injured person, wait for first aid to come; always keep aside a first aid kit with gauze, disinfectant, scarf, anti-inflammatory cream.

About Fouad Marouch:I am Special Olympics Lebanon Sport Director
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August 26, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Kuwait

Record-breaking Athletes on a Journey of Hope

By Lynn Aylward

Athletes Meshaal Al-Bader and Khaled Al-Dousari (second from left and far right) with supporters

Two Special Olympics athletes from Kuwait are sailing a ship named “Journey of Hope” to 39 ports of call around the world to raise awareness and share a humanitarian message about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story Two Special Olympics athletes from Kuwait are sailing a ship named “Journey of Hope” to 39 ports of call around the world to raise awareness and share a humanitarian message about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. In early August, they brought that message to Special Olympics headquarters and to the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, DC. The sea journey that Meshaal Al-Bader and Khaled Al-Dousari are making has been over ten years in the planning and aided by their families –especially their fathers, Jassem Al-Reshaid Al-Bader and Badi Al-Dousari—and supporters; a foundation created to oversee the construction and financing of the ship and its 210 days of travel. The two athletes compete in Special Olympics swimming, but the records they have broken are in scuba: one was the first diver with Down Syndrome ever to become certified by PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and one is the youngest person with Down Syndrome to be certified. Another record they helped to break concerns their vessel: the Journey of Hope is the first to be completely constructed in Kuwait in some 80 years. In Washington, Special Olympics Board Chairman Tim Shriver and Ambassador Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah both praised the determination and bravery of the athletes and their supporters. “Journey of Hope” is currently sailing towards Greece and will reach its home port in Kuwait on the first of December.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics
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July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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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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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 - 10 2014

2014 Special Olympics MENA Regional Games

Join us for the 8th Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Regional games on 3-10 December in Cairo, Egypt. 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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Cairo
Egypt


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