Eddy Merckx and Paul Van HImst enjoy some fun with Special Olympics athletes at European Games 2014, Antwerp
Two of the world’s biggest sporting icons, Eddy Merckx & Paul Van Himst, showed their passion for Special Olympics by meeting athletes competing at the European Games.View Story ▼Two of the world’s biggest sporting icons, Eddy Merckx & Paul Van Himst, showed their passion for Special Olympics by meeting athletes competing at the European Games. Described as the world’s greatest ever cyclist Eddy Merckx & Belgium’s top goal scorer Van Himst presented medals to football and cycling athletes on day four of competition. Five times winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia each and World Champion three times, Merckx said: “The passion of Special Olympics athletes is an example to us all. Games like these don't focus on disabilities only abilities,” Merckx added. Soccer legend Paul Van Himst watched pitch side when Special Olympics Belgium were victorious in their match against Special Olympics Luxembourg. “I admire Special Olympics athletes because they are motivated and hungry to perform. It is inspiring to be here. Games like these really make a difference in society,” said Van Himst.
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