Europe/Eurasia Region
A large group of athletes and Special Olympics representatives stand in a circle clapping with joyful expressions on their faces.
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
Snowboarder in a red ski jacket and gray ski pants performing moves in the snow.
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.
Honorable Fabian Picardo standing behind a podium and speaking
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.
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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.
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Special Woman Awards illuminated on a projection screen in the front of a hall with people sitting in the foreground.
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.
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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.
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Israeli Hapoel Haifa team, a mascot, and Special Olympics athletes hold up a banner on the pitch before the championship football game starts.
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!
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