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January 23, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Malaysia to Host First-Ever Unified Football Cup

By Christy White

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (third from right) with the Semekad squad at the soft launch of the Special Olympics Unified Football World Cup in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Pic by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor

As reported in today's New Straits Times, Malaysia beat Chile in the bid to host the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Football World Cup to be held in November later this year. Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin officiated a launch event yesterday in Kuala Lumpur announcing the news and said, "The World Cup will enhance the awareness of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and will give them the opportunity to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and sharing." Countries competing in the Cup include the United States, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia, France, Poland, Russia, South Korea, China, Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia.  Read article posted in the New Straits Times.

About Christy White: I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics

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