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SOT Empowered Global Inclusion Movement by including Refugees to games

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On 30th November 2017, athletes from Mediterranean regions competed in regional games in Adana-Turkey. In addition to athletes from 4 different cities in Turkey, first time, Syrian refugees also participated to Special Olympics regional games as unified partner in unified basketball. Games have been organized in collaboration with Çukurova University and held in four sports branches which are athletics, table tennis, unified basketball and unified bocce. 127 athletes and 23 partners included 12 Syrian refugees competed, about 150 volunteers and 100 coaches supported athletes and partners. In front of many fans, Opening Ceremony included speeches by Chairman of Special Olympics Turkey Mehmet Civelek. Also Syrian refugee, named Ahmed recited the Athlete Oath in both Turkish and Arabic. Ibrahim Dahruz, unified partner, 15 years old said “I am from Syria. I think of my friends in Syria all the time. Today I played basketball and scored for them”

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Communication & Fundraising Coordinator, Special Olympics Turkey