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July 05, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Malaysia

Working Together to be Unified

By Karyn Tan

Team Malaysia at the Special Olympics Global Unified Cup.

As Unified Partners in the recent Special Olympics Global Unified Cup in Bangkok, Malaysia’s Muhammad Darwisy bin Uyop and Yugendran Karunagaran found it a rewarding experience. Darwisy is thrilled at helping the team win third place, while Yugendran has a deeper meaning of ‘Unified’: “When I first knew Special Olympics two years ago, I didn’t really understand what it was. My coach explained to me it’s for people with intellectual disabilities, and this tournament combines partners with them in a team. We worked together and fought hard to win the third placing. I really respect the athletes .. they give 100% on the pitch and play better then the partners!”

About Karyn Tan: Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region

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