East Asia

Special Olympics works closely with its five accredited programs in East Asia to offer summer and winter sports for more than 1.18 million athletes with intellectual disabilities in the region. The 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games was successfully held in Shanghai, China in 2007. The 10th World Winter Games had been held in PyeongChang, Korea from Jan. 30 to Feb. 06, 2013.

Stories from East Asia


April 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

ESPN Will Broadcast the 2015 World Games in LA

By Christy White

ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The partnership between ESPN and the 2015 World Games means that ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide will have the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.ESPN has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same playing field. For almost a year, ESPN has used its worldwide broadcasting and publishing power to promote Unified Sports. The agreement to broadcast the 2015 World Games is separate and additional.The agreement provides ESPN with rights to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities. ESPN will produce the Opening Ceremony live as well as a nightly highlights program and KABC-TV will also play a role in the coverage for the Los Angeles market. ESPN will feature both English- and Spanish-language coverage of some parts of LA2015. Specific programming and coverage details will be announced in the months ahead.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics
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January 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Memorable Experience Working At Special Olympics Head Office, Washington, D.C.

By Huiseon Son

Picture of me and Special Olympics athletes during the 2013 Fall Sports Classic in Washington, D.C.

I was an intern with Special Olympics International (SOI) for 6 months working in Human Resources (HR) Department. It was the best time I have had in my life.View Story I was an intern with Special Olympics Inc. (SOI) for 6 months working in Human Resources (HR) Department. It was one of the best times I have had in my life. The most valuable aspect of my internship was to get to know professional people who are working there to make a better world. Every employee sincerely tries to help people with intellectual disabilities. Their efforts inspire me to think deeply about disabled people. Even if I will not work in this field in the future, I want to help them in many ways. I have attached a picture taken when I volunteered for 2013 Fall Sports Classic competition in Washington, D.C. This was the first time I was able to get involved in a Special Olympics event. It was amazing to help the athletes and meet many great volunteers. I was able to learn how a regional game operates. I heartily appreciate the HR team for giving me a once-in-a-life-time chance to work there. After I return to Korea, I will try to help spread the word about Special Olympics.

About Huiseon Son :I was Special Olympics intern for 6 months - August 2013 to January 2014.
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December 06, 2013 | East Asia: Mongolia

Team Mongolia's Special Olympics experience

By Karyn Tan

Team Mongolia's Elberelt Bayarmagnai (left)and Ninjbadam Ulaan

Special Olympics Mongolia was founded in 2013, the latest addition to the Special Olympics family. The Program has sent two athletes for swimming at the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games.View Story Special Olympics Mongolia was founded in 2013, the latest addition to the Special Olympics family. The Program has sent two athletes for swimming at the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. 16 year old Elberelt Bayarmagnai and 15 year old Ninjbadam Ulaan are classmates in their school, and both athletes’ family are here, enjoying their first experience with Special Olympics. I first met the group at Healthy Athletes, where Elberelt’s dad Mayagmarsuren felt it is very important for every athlete to have good health, and is interested to set up a similar structure to what he saw today. As for what he wishes to accomplish at this Games, the reason is clear for Mayagmarsuren: “As a father, I am really happy to be here with my son, actually smiling, having conversations from the heart. I want my son to feel like others. That’s very important for him, that’s why we are here.”

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific Region
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December 05, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Welcomes Mongolia Program

By Christy White

Attending the press conference welcoming Special Olympics Mongolia in the office of Mrs S.Oyun, Chair of SOMGL, in the Ministry of Environment of Mongolia. From left to right are Ariun (SOMGL National Director), Daisy(SOEA Organizational Development Senior Director), Anna (SOMGL Foreign Relation and Projects Executive), Mary (SOEA Regional President & Managing Director), Mrs. Oyun (SOMGL Chairperson), Khulan (SOMGL Board Member), Ninjbadam (SOMGL athlete and Board Member), Bud (family members representative and coach in training), Bayarmagnai (SOMGL Board Member and HOD for Asia Pacific Games)

Last month, in the Mongolia Parliament House, history was made when Special Olympics Mongolia officially joined the Special Olympics family. Historically, people with intellectual disabilities in Mongolia have been completely invisible.View Story Last month, in the Mongolia Parliament House, history was made when Special Olympics Mongolia officially joined the Special Olympics family. Historically, people with intellectual disabilities in Mongolia have been completely invisible. Earlier year, the Games Operating Committee brought seven developing countries to Korea, including Mongolia, for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. These countries had never participated in the World Winter Games before. Special Olympics Mongolia has received official support from Ts. Elbegdorj, the President of Mongolia, to support the growth of Special Olympics programs in his country. The Program plans to expand at a rapid pace, with the goal of providing services to 2000 registered athletes across Mongolia, with the ultimate goal of sending athletes to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. The Program sent two athletes to compete in the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games this week.

About Christy White:I am responsible for Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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July 10, 2013 | East Asia: China

Zhao Zengzeng: I hope I can work here forever!

By East Asia Region Staff

Zhao Zengzeng's mother told our reporters, "Zengzeng is lucky that her coworkers have given her so much love over the last few years. It's helped her to grow up in a very healthy way."View Story Special Olympics Ambassador Zhao Zengzeng has now graduated, but where is she now? Eager to answer this question, our reporters knocked on her door and were welcomed in by a smiling Zhao Zengzeng, who made us feel at home by offering us tea and fruit and asking us whether we had had a tiring trip. Zhao Zengzeng's mother told our reporters, "Zengzeng is lucky that her coworkers have given her so much love over the last few years. It's helped her to grow up in a very healthy way." After graduating from special school, Zhao Zengzeng, who suffers from Down syndrome, did not go on to work in a special factory placement like most people with intellectual disabilities. Instead, she became a regular employee at a Papa John's restaurant, where she works from 10 am to 7 pm and is treated like all the other employees.

About East Asia Region Staff:I am part of the staff of Special Olympics in East Asia.
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Special Olympics China will be hosting the 2014 Special Olympics East Asia Regional Senior Coach Training for soccer. Senior soccer coaches from across 6 Programs in the East Asia region will be invited to part take in this important event.
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