One of the oldest games in the world, Cricket was introduced to Special Olympics in the mid 2000s. It is becoming one of the most popular sports in the Movement, with 81,000 athletes and growing. The majority of these athletes comes from the sub continent, where Cricket is not just a sport; it’s a religion. The first international Special Olympics cricket tournament was hosted in India in 2006.
Since 2012, the Asia Pacific region has embarked on a goal to increase the number of cricket playing athletes to 100,000 by the end of 2015. To introduce
cricket in Special Olympics countries, the Asia Pacific office is working with the
Asian Cricket Council (ACC), International Cricket Council, East-Asia
Pacific Council and local Cricket associations. These partnerships will
pave the way to assist Special Olympics programs in resources like
equipment, training facilities and qualified coaching, for the athletes
to experience training and competition opportunities.