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In every corner of the earth, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. These news stories come from all around the world.
Allyson Felix with 2019 World Games athletes in Dubai, UAE
A group of Special Olympic athletes had a day to remember as they trained alongside multiple Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix in a Unified Sprint Clinic at Dubai Police Academy Stadium on 17 March.
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World Games opened with a full venue, fireworks and a musical performance onstage.
Over 40,000 people from all around the world are cheering and making waves during a sold-out sports event.
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Flame of Hope lit on the opening ceremony stage at the Abu Dhabi 2019 World Games.
Since the first Torch Run at the Olympic Games in 1936, the Torch Run is one of the most important parts of the Opening Ceremony.
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Youth leaders and health representatives sitting and standing on stage in a group shot.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities from 20 developing countries can now hope to receive a better quality healthcare services in the next three to five years.
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Tim & Maria Shriver sitting next to one another at a table with two mics in front of them.
Special Olympics Chairman, Tim Shriver joins his sister, Maria Shriver, as a special guest on her podcast “Meaningful Conversations.”
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Brittany hugging her fiance Ryan on the tennis court
Brittany Tagliareni and Ryan Smith are not just mixed doubles tennis partners. They are also a couple off the court, engaged to be married.
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Female power lifter in yellow and black holding a bar on her shoulders, a spotter is behind her.
The spirit of competition was in full swing during day one of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Arial shot of female player shooting for the hoop; 9 other players accompany her on the court along with three officials and spectators can be seen int he background.
The first day of competition, 15 March, at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi kicked off with a number of notable firsts.
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Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019  opening ceremony stage, athletes seated, red lights and full light show action on stage.
The opening ceremony for the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates proved to be an energetic and celebratory tribute to the spirit of competition and the power of inclusion.
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Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York will be doing a special series on athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers participating at the Games.
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Athletes in the background in action; Link to Special Olympics Summer Games Abu Dhabi 2019 content.
Adding to the milestone occasion of the first World Games in the Middle East and spreading its stories will be six promising journalists from 4 continents as part of a new AIPS Young Reporters Programme.
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Individuals with intellectual disabilities face significant challenges accessing quality health, including services, resulting in pronounced health disparities and reduced life expectancy.
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