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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

三月 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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三月 18, 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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三月 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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一月 18, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters


By Will Schermerhorn

此次韩国平昌特奥世界冬季运动会组委会特设“特别之手”计划,该计划让来自七个较为落后发展中国家的特奥运动员得以前往韩国,参与比赛,而这七个国家此前从未参与过任何特奥世界冬季运动会。View Story 此次韩国平昌特奥世界冬季运动会组委会特设“特别之手”计划,该计划让来自七个较为落后发展中国家的特奥运动员得以前往韩国,参与比赛,而这七个国家此前从未参与过任何特奥世界冬季运动会。 同样远道而来的还包括这七个国家的政府官员。据悉,前来韩国的特奥运动员们将不仅参与多个运动项目的角逐,他们更会亲身体验多项非运动活动。 在七个国家中,其中之一便是巴布亚新几内亚。特奥会在当地尚处于创始阶段,他们正在为成为国际特奥会核准成员组织而努力着。 巴布亚新几内亚临时秘书长/财务长索菲亚•透娜表示:"在我们国家,许多居住在农村地区的智障人士往往恐惧走出家庭,走入社会。我相信特奥会能很好地鼓励他们这样做,因为特奥运动就是为他们服务而创立的,它鼓励每个人的参与,让人与人之间建立友谊,促进团队合作。" 此次参与“特别之手”计划的七个国家分别是:柬埔寨, 蒙古,尼泊尔,巴基斯坦,巴布亚新几内亚,泰国和越南。

About Will Schermerhorn:我是国际特殊奥林匹克网络产品总监
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四月 11, 2013 | Africa: South Africa


By 查尔斯•尼亚姆贝 (Charles Nyambe)

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

十月四日, NBA篮球明星,特奥全球形象大使迪肯贝•穆托姆博跟非洲当地NBA教练团队一起开展了篮球技能和演练训练班。View Story 十月四日, NBA篮球明星,特奥全球形象大使迪肯贝•穆托姆博跟非洲当地NBA教练团队一起开展了篮球技能和演练训练班。穆托姆博在活动现场显示出了明星效应,特奥运动员们也从篮球指导中受益良多。据悉,NBA此次开展的训练班活动也是非洲篮球推广项目的组成部分,当天训练班在南非皇家巴福肯体育馆举办。 此次训练班是一次融合性质的培训,共有40位特奥运动员和20位来自当地NBA团体的融合伙伴参与。每一位运动员及融合伙伴都获赠了一件NBA T恤。培训班先由NBA教练乔比•莱特的教育座谈开启,紧接着是各类篮球技巧传授和由当地教会三十位年轻人组成的啦啦队表演。本次活动亦有多位贵宾莅临,其中包括蒂姆•施莱佛博士、卢卡斯拉德贝先生等人。NBA方面也有多位代表出席,包括NBA非洲副主席阿马杜•法尔、教练乔比•莱特、弗兰克•特拉奥雷、帕特里克•希特。

About 查尔斯•尼亚姆贝 (Charles Nyambe):我是国际特奥会非洲区域办公室计划发展与运动总监。
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Upcoming Events Around the World




十月 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).
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Faruqul Islam
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka

十月 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.
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Ronak Lakhani
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan

十月 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

十月 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
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne

十一月 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
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

十一月 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

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