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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


ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | 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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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 | 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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ربيع الأول 18, 1414 |

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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محرم 18, 1413 | 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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ربيع الثاني 15, 1413 | Africa: South Africa

دعم كبير لكرة السلة خلال البطولة

By Charles Nyambe

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

انضم ديكمبي موتومبو – نجم الدوري الأمريكي للمحترفين (NBA) و سفير الاولمبياد الخاص – لمدربي الدوري الأمريكي للمحترفين المحليين عندما احضر عدد غير قليل من نجوم السلة إلى عيادةView Story انضم ديكمبي موتومبو – نجم الدوري الأمريكي للمحترفين (NBA) و سفير الاولمبياد الخاص – لمدربي الدوري الأمريكي للمحترفين المحليين عندما احضر عدد غير قليل من نجوم السلة إلى عيادة المهارات و التدريبات يوم 4 أكتوبر. لم يكن الرياضيون يلعبون كرة القدم خلال البطولة و لكن كانوا على استعداد للاستفادة من تعليمات كرة السلة، يجري الدوري الأمريكي للمحترفين تدريبا و ورشة عمل في دولة رويال بافوكينج في جنوب أفريقيا كجزء من مشروع لتطوير مهارات كرة السلة كرياضة في أفريقيا. و كانت العيادة عبارة عن عيادة متحدة تضم 40 من لاعبي الأولمبياد الخاص و 20 من الشركاء من برنامج NBA المحلي المشاركة. وحصل كل لاعب وشريك على قميص NBA وشملت العيادة حواراً تعليمياً من جوبي رايت مدرب الـNBA تبعته العديد من مهارات كرة السلة وبعض عروض التشجيع من قبل فريق محلي من 30 شاباً من الكنيسة المحلية. و حضرالعديد من كبار الشخصيات العيادة بما فيهم الدكتور تيموثي شرايفر، السيد لوكاس ربيبي، وغيرهم . وشملت أيضاً ممثلين الـNBA أمادو فال، نائب رئيس NBA أفريقيا، والمدربين جوبي رايت، وباتريك فرانك تراوري إنجلبرشت، الذين دعمهم سبع مدربين محليين تم تدريبهم من قبل NBA.

About Charles Nyambe:أنا مدير تطوير البرامج و الرياضة للأوليمبياد الخاص أفريقيا
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

ذو القعدة 13 - 10 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Karachi

Starting September 8, 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 Karachi. 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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Various LocationsKarachi
PAKISTAN

ذو القعدة 25, 1435
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.
For more information
Tuan Do
Email:tdo@specialolympics.org
Phone:+84 915079669
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Hochiminh City
VIETNAM

ذو القعدة 26 - 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.
For more information
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

ذو الحجة 4 - 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

ذو الحجة 16 - 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

ذو الحجة 19 - 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

ذو الحجة 26, 1435

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
For more information
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

محرم 8 - 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.
For more information
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

محرم 8 - 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


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