Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


marzo 18, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Running Unified for a "truly enjoyable 42.195km"

By Sayaka Sonobe

Kosuke Ide (right) together with his running partner Junya Nishi, at the Osaka Marathon in October 2013.

Special Olympics Nippon athlete Kosuke Ide completed his second marathon in Osaka last year, thanks to consistent training and support from his local running club.View Story Special Olympics Nippon athlete Kosuke Ide completed his second marathon in Osaka last year, thanks to consistent training and support from his local running club. Each athlete is paired with a partner, ensuring the athlete's condition and running pace is monitored during the run. Kosuke’s partner is Mr. Junya Nishi, a Special Olympics Nippon volunteer. Mr. Nishi’s biggest motivation is seeing an athlete’s growth in sport, unleashing his capabilities. Despite his busy work schedule, Mr. Nishi made time to train with Kosuke, for both athlete and partner to get used to each other. On Kosuke’s performance, Mr. Nishi was thrilled: “We ran toward the goal with Kosuke. We were teammates. It was a truly enjoyable 42.195km.” As for Kosuke, he wants to attempt another race in 2014.

About Sayaka Sonobe:Staff of Special Olympics Nippon.
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marzo 17, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bangladesh

First Unified Sports Fest for Special Olympics Bangladesh

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Bangladesh held its first Unified Sports Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 100 Special Olympics Bangladesh athletes and Partners competed in Football and Cricket over the two days.View Story With the support of the Kim Samuel Sports Grant, Special Olympics Bangladesh held its first Unified Sports Festival from 16 to 17 August 2013 at Gulshan Youth Club Grounds, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 100 Special Olympics Bangladesh athletes and Partners competed in Football and Cricket over the two days. The Bangladesh Cricket Board and Bangladesh Football Federation also assisted by sending referees and umpires to officiate at the festival. According to Special Olympics Bangladesh National Director, Faruqul Islam, “We’re pleased to work towards an inclusive community with our first Unified Sports event. It is the start of more opportunities to come, to show equality lies on and off the playing field.”

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region.
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marzo 18, 2014 |

Unified in One Goal

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea. For the pair, the actions may differ from their usual dribbles and freethrows, but the teamwork and camaraderie on the floor hockey court remains the same, as Special Olympics athletes and partners passed and shot goals with great intensity. Mutombo was thrilled with the matches, playing with athletes from Korea, China, India, Venezuela and Argentina. “It was my first time seeing this game, it was new to me, I was a bit tired, and then I got used to it. I have a first cousin with a learning disability, so it’s a great honor to be here.” “This was like an all-star game but there are Special Olympics Unified Sports everywhere. Wherever we play, it is with one purpose and one goal, to come together.”

About Karyn Tan:Manager, Communications and Development, Asia-Pacific
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enero 18, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Offering a Hand to Seven Countries New to Winter Games

By Will Schermerhorn

The Special Hands Project is bringing athletes and others from seven developing countries to Korea. These seven countries have never before participated in a Special Olympics World Winter Games.View Story The Special Hands Project, founded and supported by Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 Organizing Committee, is bringing athletes and others from seven developing countries to Korea. The seven countries have never before participated in a Special Olympics World Winter Games.  Also taking part are government officials from each of the seven countries. The athletes of the seven countries taking part in the Special Hands Project may also be participating in some sports and non-sports activities.  One of the seven countries is Papua New Guinea.  The Special Olympics organization there is a Founding Committee and aspires to be an accredited Special Olympics Program.  "There are many people with intellectual disabilities in the rural areas who are afraid to come out and participate in our programs," said Sophia Tuna, Interim Secretary/Treasurer for the founding committee in Papua New Guinea. "I believe this Special Olympics program will encourage them to do so because it is targeted towards this special group and it involves everyone and it encourages participation, friendship and team work." These countries are taking part: Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam.

About Will Schermerhorn:I am director of web products for Special Olympics.
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mayo 06, 2013 | Africa: South Africa

Un gran empujón para el baloncesto durante la competición

By Charles Nyambe

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA superstar and Special Olympics Global Ambassador, led the session.

Dikembe Mutombo, superestrella de la NBA y Embajador General de Olimpiadas Especiales, se unió a los entrenadores locales de la NBA y llevó un poco del carisma de una estrella a una clínica de habilidades y destrezas el pasado 4 de octubre.View Story Dikembe Mutombo, superestrella de la NBA y Embajador General de Olimpiadas Especiales, se unió a los entrenadores locales de la NBA y llevó un poco del carisma de una estrella a una clínica de habilidades y destrezas el pasado 4 de octubre. Los atletas no jugaban al fútbol americano durante la competición pero tenían a su disposición lecciones de baloncesto. La NBA fomenta cursos y talleres en Royal Bafokeng Nation de Sudáfrica como parte de un proyecto que busca desarrollar las habilidades baloncestísticas como deporte en África. La clínica fue organizada por Deportes Unificados con la participación de 40 atletas de Special Olympics y de 20 compañeros de Deportes Unificados® del programa local de NBA. A cada atleta y participante se le regaló una camiseta de la NBA. También incluía una charla educativa del entrenador de la NBA Joby Wright, además de mucha técnica de baloncesto y algunas exhibiciones muy animadas realizadas por un equipo local de 30 jóvenes pertenecientes a una iglesia del lugar. Muchas personalidades asistieron a la clínica, como Timothy Shrive o Lucas Rebebe, entre otros muchos. Entre los representantes de la NBA podíamos encontrar a Amadou Fall, vicepresidente de NBA África, y entrenadores como Joby Wright, Frank Traore y Patrick Engelbrecht, apoyados por siete entrenadores locales formados por la NBA.

About Charles Nyambe:Soy el director en materia de deportes y de desarrollo del programa para Special Olympics de África.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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sep 18, 2014

Recreational Unified Basketball

Join us on 18 September 2014 at Vidyasadan Public School Thellakam in Kottayam, Kerala for a day of recreational Unified Basketball as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Vidyasadan Public School Thellakam
Kottayam, Kerala
INDIA

sep 18, 2014

Recreational Unified Basketball

Join us on 18 September 2014 in Salem, Tamil Nadu for a day of recreational Unified Basketball as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Salem, Tamil Nadu
INDIA

sep 18, 2014

Unified Team Basketball Competition

Join us on 18 September 2014 at L.M. Thakkar School for Intellectually Disabled Children Trust in Sabarkantha, Gujarat for a day of Unified Team Competition in Basketball as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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L.M. Thakkar School for Intellectually Disabled Children
Sabarkantha, Gujarat
INDIA

sep 20, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

EKS Day Vietnam Memorial

Join us on September 9th as we celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy while hosting a Unified Sports 5-a-side Soccer match in Hochiminh City, Vietnam. For more details, please refer to the contact information below.
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Tuan Do
Email: tdo@specialolympics.org
Phone: +84 915079669
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Hochiminh City
VIETNAM

sep 21 - 26 2014

Special Olympics Papua New Guinea National Games

Special Olympics Papua New Guinea is hosting a family program from September 21-22, Healthy Athletes® screenings from September 23-24 and the National Games from September 25-26. Please refer to the contact information below for more details.
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Takale Tuna
Email: takaletovetimothytuna@gmail.com
Phone: 675 72291283
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Buka, Autonomous Region of Bouganville
c/P.O Box 528, Gordons, Port Moresby

Port Moresby, Province
PAPUA NEW GUINEA

sep 25, 2014

Unified Team Bocce and Basketball Competition

Join us on 25 September 2014 at Gachibowli Stadium/Meridian School in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh for a day of Unified Team Competition in Bocce and Basketball as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Gachibowli Stadium/Meridian School
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
INDIA

sep 27, 2014

Unified Team Basketball and Football Competition

Join us on 27 September 2014 at Anand Training Centre at Joseph School in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh for a day of Unified Team Competition in Basketball and Football as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court and pitch to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Anand Training Centre at Joseph School
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
INDIA

sep 28, 2014

Unified Team Athletics Competition

Join us on 28 September 2014 at Gachibowli Stadium at Meridian School in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh for a day of Unified Team Competition in Athletics as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the track to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Gachibowli Stadium at Meridian School
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
INDIA

sep 28 - 30 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Lahore

Starting September 28th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Lahore. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis. For more details, please refer to the contact information.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email: Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in LahoreLahore
PAKISTAN

sep 29, 2014

Recreational Unified Athletics

Join us on 29 September 2014 in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan for a day of recreational Unified athletics as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the track to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
INDIA

sep 29, 2014

Recreational Unified Football

Join us on 29 September 2014 in at Jyothinilayam Public School, Thumba, Thiruvanathapuram in Trivandrum, Kerala for a day of recreational Unified football as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the pitch to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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Jyothinilayam Public School, Thumba, Thiruvanathapuram
Trivandrum, Kerala
INDIA

oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email: sobangla@gmail.com
Phone: +880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email: Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

oct 16, 2014

Unified Team Basketball Competition

Join us on 16 October 2014 at TATA Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand for a day of Unified Team Competition in Basketball and Football as athletes and Unified partners from the area compete on the court and pitch to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor of Unified Sports.
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TATA Sports Complex
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
INDIA

oct 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email: robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

nov 1 - 6 2014

South East Asia Unified Football Tournament

Join us 1-6 November 2014 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam as athletes and Unified partners from around the Asia Pacific region compete six days of exiting 5-a-side Unified football competition. Teams that will be participating in the tournament hail from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and host Brunei Darussalam.
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Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email: tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN


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