Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. From Iceland to Israel, from Portugal to Siberia, Russia, Special Olympics athletes and supporters are dedicated to promoting respect, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.
Stories from Europe/Eurasia
From 1 to 4 February 2020, Östersund and Åre will welcome over 450 athletes from 19 delegations to the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games. The Invitational Games—made possible by support from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union—will be this year’s biggest event for people with intellectual disabilities in Sweden.
It was a spring day full of celebration for the athletes of Special Olympics Gibraltar when their magnificent new Sports Complex officially opened on 27 February.1 Min Read
FC Shakhtar footballers Andriy Pyatov and Danylo Sikan are moved by the “heroism” of Special Olympics athletes, parents and coaches as they visit the award-winning ‘Come on, Play!’ project in Kharkiv, Ukraine.1 Min Read
In recognition for her leadership and passion, and her proven record in expanding the reach of the Special Olympics movement across Belgium, Zehra Sayin, CEO, Special Olympics Belgium, was awarded the 2020 Special Woman Award at the recent Belgian Sport Women Awards ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on Friday, 6 March 2020.1 Min Read
Speaking alongside Special Olympics Europe Eurasia President and Managing Director, David Evangelista at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Gerald underlined Special Olympics’ ongoing efforts to engage refugee and migrant youth—of all abilities—across the world and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between both organisations.2 Min Read
One very special day in late 2019, a group of athletes from Special Olympics Israel had the experience of a lifetime. They escorted the players of Hapoel Haifa onto the pitch ahead of a national championship match!1 Min Read
Europe/Eurasia Contact Information
Below you'll find resources for Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia (SOEE) region and programs.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- Great Britain
- Hellas (Greece)
- Isle of Man
- Kyrgyz Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
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