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May 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

Floorball is now an official Special Olympics World Games Sport

By Mariusz Damentko

Ireland was one of the 8 teams at the 2013 Special Olympics World Games Floorball demo

Special Olympics Floorball will be an official sport at the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria 2017, when the cities of Graz and Schladming in Styria, Austria, will host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Floorball was for the first time included as a demonstration sport in the Special Olympics World Winter Games played in PyeongChang & Gangneung, January 29th to February 5th 2013 and the tournament was played with eight teams. For the 2017 World Games the aims are set higher and the goal is to play a tournament with over 20 teams with floorball now included as an official Special Olympics World Games sport. "It is with great pleasure IFF finds that the Special Olympics Headquarters have accepted Floorball as an official sport for their Winter World Games. We hope that our sport can activate a lot of Special Olympics athletes and add value to the Special Olympics Winter World Games," John Liljelund, IFF Secretary General, said.

About Mariusz Damentko: I am Sports Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

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