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    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

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    World & Regional Games Center

    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

  • A team of athletes in tropical shirts cheer in unison

    World & Regional Games Center

    Major Special Olympics competitions around the world each year bring together athletes seeking to be best in their sports.

2019 World Games Abu Dhabi

The first World Games in the Middle East

The countdown has begun to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, set for 14-21 March in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will compete in 24 summer sports, along with 2,500 coaches and 20,000 volunteers. These will be the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East/North Africa region. The 2019 World Games kick off with a star-studded Opening Ceremony in the iconic Zayed Sports City Stadium in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the largest sports venue in the Persian Gulf. In addition to sports competition, the 2019 World Games will feature inspiring non-sports activities and programs, including Unified Sports experiences, free Healthy Athletes screenings, a GenUin Global Youth Summit, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Learn more about the 2019 Games

Upcoming Competitions

  • Apr 16 - Apr 20
    Special Olympics Australia National Games
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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     
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    Adelaide
    South Australia
    Australia

    Special Olympics Australia National Games

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    Mon Apr 16 - Fri Apr 20, 2018
     

    The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.


    Venue(s)
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    Adelaide Shores
    Military Rd, West Beach
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Australia
    Events will be held in world class sporting facilities throughout Adelaide.
  • Apr 20 - Apr 22
    Special Olympics Brazil National Games
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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     
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    Suzano
    São Paulo
    Brazil

    Special Olympics Brazil National Games

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    Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22, 2018
     

    180 athletes and teammates and 50 coaches from 7 states will participate in our National Games in: athletics; unified basketball; unified bocce; judo; rhythmic gymnastics; swimming; open water; tennis; table tennis; unified futsal; unified beach volleyball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Parque Municipal Max Feffer
    Av. Roberto Simonsen, S/N – Jd. ImperadorT
    Suzano, São Paulo
    Brazil
    02 indoor courts 06 outdoor courts 02 beach volleyball courts 02 soccer fields 01 Skate 04 chess tables 01 walking trail 01 indoor swimming pool 08 tennis courts
  • Apr 28 - Apr 29
    Special Olympics Bénin National Games
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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     
    location
    Porto-Novo
    Benin

    Special Olympics Bénin National Games

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    Sat Apr 28 - Sun Apr 29, 2018
     

    Athletics, Badminton, Bocce, Cycling, and Football to take place.

    Venue(s)
    location
    Stade Charles de Gaulle
    Esplanade de Gaulle
    Porto-Novo
    Benin
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  • May 09 - May 11
    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games
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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     
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    Gorgan
    Golestan
    Iran

    24th Special Olympics Iran national Games

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    Wed May 9 - Fri May 11, 2018
     

    The 24th games will be held in Gorgan, Golestan state, Iran with 300 athletes and 300 coaches, family members, volunteers and executive staff. 3 sports event: Athletics, Bocce, 5-a-side football, and Basketball as demonstration plus 2 initiative event: Healthy athlete and the Family forum will be held.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Gorgan city Sport complex
    Gorgan, Imam sport complex
    Gorgan, Golestan
    Iran
    The events will be held in Sport complex and the athletes will stay in Behzisty Toskastan complex.
  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
  • May 18 - May 20
    Louisiana State Summer Games
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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     
    location
    Hammond
    Louisiana
    USA

    Louisiana State Summer Games

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    Fri May 18 - Sun May 20, 2018
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    500 W University Ave.
    Hammond, Louisiana
    USA
  • May 25 - May 26
    Special Olympics Uganda National Games
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    Fri May 25 - Sat May 26, 2018
     
    location
    Kampala
    Uganda

    Special Olympics Uganda National Games

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    Fri May 25 - Sat May 26, 2018
     

    Athletics, Football, Swimming, Volleyball will take place

    Venue(s)
    location
    Lugogo Sports Complex
    Plot 2-10 Coronation Avenue , National Council of Sports Complex Lugogo
    Kampala
    Uganda