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07 June 2007 :: 17:06:04 pm 7281

Greece to host Special Olympics World Summer Games for intellectually disabled.

Special Olympics International announced today that Athens, Greece, will be the host city for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The decision came during today‘s meeting of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.
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The 2011 World Summer Games are expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes from nearly 170 countries. The Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens will be the largest sporting event in the world during 2011. The 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Shanghai on 2-11 October.

The other finalist sites for the 2011 World Games were Cleveland, Ohio, and Rabat, Morocco.

Athens also will be the starting point for the 2007 Law Enforcement Torch Run, a biennial event held in honor of the Special Olympics World Games, in which law enforcement officers from around the world gather to carry the “Flame of Hope” to symbolize the courage of Special Olympics athletes and celebrate the diversity of the global movement, which includes 2.5 million athletes from 165 nations.

The torch will be lit on 29 June at a ceremony in Athens, Greece, that is in keeping with the ancient Olympic tradition of igniting the flame at the Acropolis using the rays of the sun. It will then be carried for the next three months by Special Olympic athletes and law enforcement personnel across five continents, stopping in Cairo, London, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Tokyo, Taipei, Macau, Seoul and Sydney, before arriving in China for the 2007 World Games, where it will ignite the giant Opening Ceremonies Cauldron.

Special Olympics is an international non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to 2.5 million adults and children with intellectual disabilities across 165 countries. The Special Olympics movement offers one of the world’s greatest platforms for acceptance and inclusion for all people-regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences. Find out how you can become involved at http://www.specialolympics.org/.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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