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Abu Dhabi 2019

Special Olympics World Summer Games
14 - 21 March 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.

From Adversity To Triumph – An Inspiring Journey

“These kids we label ‘special’, are truly born to do special things in their lives!”
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“An Amazing Feeling”—Swimmer Wins Gold, Twice

"Nobody judges me or my disability. It's where I feel happy and can be myself."
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Despite Tough Competition, Teen Gymnast Earns Silver

Artistic gymnast Li Xiang of China has been competing at Special Olympics World Games since he was 11 years old.
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Bikes Across Borders

On the surface, cycling may seem like an individual sport, but it takes a team to get competitors across the finish line.
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Picture This: From Athlete to World Games Photographer

Khadija Sy, the silver medal-winning 200m sprinter from the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, is back in action. This time, she's at the 2023 World Games in Berlin, Germany—as accredited media for the Games!
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“Happiness and Pride Through Sports”—Li Xiang’s Story

In China, people with intellectual disabilities can face stigma from the moment of diagnosis.
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On The Bright Side: Meet Jessy

Jessy Lane is a dedicated, diligent athlete who doesn't give up easily. That's also how she lost 100 pounds: through steady & consistent training.
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Once Excluded, Ablaye Is Now ‘One of Us’

Ablaye Ndiaye is one of the stars of his neighborhood in Senegal’s capital, Dakar. Yet, years ago, he was mostly an outcast due to negative beliefs and stereotypes about people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities.
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Taking “Play Unified” to the Next Level

Special Olympics is all about bringing out the best in everyone. Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities, takes this transformation to another level. Now, meet a Unified Basketball team from Florida, USA that’s taking the power of “playing unified” to the global level at the 2023 World Games in Berlin.
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World Games Spotlight: Rehan Ali, Libya

Rehan grew up in a part of Libya where people with Down syndrome face widespread discrimination in education, training, and even medical care. Early on, her family had to cope with stigma and her rejection from society.
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