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.

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 | SOI General: Regions

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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septiembre 21, 2012 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

Espíritu deportivo y solidaridad en Fútbol Unificado

By Paige Okun

Thailand in white vs Malaysia in red/black. Women's Unified Football Match.

El entrenador tailandés debió haber hablado con su equipo en el descanso, porque cuando las atletas y las compañeras unificadas volvieron al campo, estas últimas estaban en modo enseñanza.


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El equipo de fútbol unificado femenino tailandés demostró una gran deportividad y solidaridad en el primer Torneo de Fútbol Unificado del Sudeste asiático en septiembre de 2012 en Singapur. El marcador en el descanso contra el recién formado equipo femenino unificado de Malasia era de 12-0 a favor de Tailandia. El entrenador tailandés debió haber hablado con su equipo en el descanso, porque cuando las atletas y las compañeras unificadas volvieron al campo, estas últimas estaban en modo enseñanza. Desde el momento en que sacaron, el equipo tailandés ayudó a las jugadoras malayas a colocarse. Las guiaron en los pases de balón e incluso ayudaron a una jugadora malaya que estaba desorientada a cambiar de dirección, ya que estaba apuntando a la portería que no era. Las jóvenes jugadoras de Tailandia, que en los partidos de otros torneos eran las competidoras más duras en el campo, se contuvieron incluso para no meter goles.Cuando retomaban la posesión del balón, las compañeras unificadas intentaban pasárselo a las atletas de las Olimpiadas Especiales para darles un empujoncito para que llegaran a la portería y tiraran. Y, lo que es más increíble aún es que las atletas de las Olimpiadas retrasaron un poco el juego para permitirle a la portera malaya volver a su posición para parar el tiro a puerta.

About Paige Okun:Soy el anterior Director de Comunicaciones y Desarrollo en las Olimpiadas Especiales del Pacífico Asiático.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

jun 20, 2014

Special Olympics Timor Leste National Games

The National Games will have five competition sports: athletics, bocce, table tennis, badminton and 5-aside football. From these Games, Timor Leste athletes will be selected for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
For more information
Sebastiao do Rego Guterres
Email:sebaguterres@gmail.com
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Baucau
TIMOR-LESTE

ago 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

sep 8 - 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 information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

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 information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

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

oct 29 - nov 10 2014

Special Olympics Unified Football Cup

Modeled after the FIFA World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup will bring together qualifying Unified Sports football (soccer) teams from 25 countries representing each of the Special Olympics seven regions to compete and showcase as never before, the bravery, ability and joy of Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners worldwide. Countries that rose to the top during qualifying events and are participating in the Unified Football Cup include: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, Libya, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea, France, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and the United States of America.
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MALAYSIA

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.
For more information
More Details
Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN


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