Middle East/North Africa

Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019. A workshop to educate the new member nations on the Games’ values of inclusion and tolerance took place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world with more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches from more than 176 nations.
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Two instructors are outside of the pool jumping and a group of athletes are inside of the pool jumping, training with resistance.
Special Olympics Senegal’s athletes are training hard for summer sports in Dakar, with weekly Sunday morning sessions such as these.
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Unified athlete poses on his bicycle ahead of the starting line. Other cyclists are in the background.
Cyclists of all ages, abilities and fitness levels turned up at Yas Marina Circuit on October 28th for the latest edition of ‘Cycle Unified’ and rode alongside members of the UAE National Cycling Team.
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Two unified art students are work with their instructor to capture the correct pattern for the Special Olympics logo.
Aspiring young artists convened at Abu Dhabi’s arts and cultural center in Manarat Al Saadiya to learn and practice techniques used to create the geometric patterns of Islamic art.
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2018 Special Olympics Middle East North Africa (MENA) DAY 0 athletes walking onto the stage. A large projection screen is in the background showing the athltes in white and green jackets and black sweat pants. There is an art feature to the left of the screen that is part of the Abu Dhabi 2019 visual design, it resembles a tic tac toe board that is slightly bent or curved.
These will be the first Special Olympics World Games held in the Middle East/North Africa Region.
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Officials saw how initiatives like the Games can support efforts to protect the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.
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Growing up, Mohamed Kheir Allah dealt with isolation and stigma. Find out what he has learned about himself by competing.
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The seminar took place in Cairo, Egypt in January. Representatives from eight countries in the region attended the training.
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Hope Formed From Chaos in Syria
In Syria, despite civil unrest and upheaval, Special Olympics athletes and coaches train as best they can.
Representatives from Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt & Oman brought energy to the Academy.
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