With the support of Special Olympics Romania and Hope and Homes for Children, four young people with special needs from Maramureș are taking part to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi between 7 and 21 March. It is the most important sport event dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities in the world.

There are 35 athletes in Romania’s delegation, competing in 8 sporting disciplines.

During the first two days, Romania’s delegation composed of 51 people – athletes, partners, coaches, staff and a member of the Hope and Homes for Children, Adrian Oros – visited Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi Grammar School, Qasr Al Hosn (the Old Fort), the Museum of Modern Art and the Handicraft Centre, together with their two designated guides, Hanan and Aly.

The technical partner of Special Olympics Romania is Hervis Sports & Fashion, providing the competition equipment and a part of the parade equipment. The delegation’s trip to Abu Dhabi was made possible through the support offered by the National Paralympic Committee and Nadia Comăneci, Global Ambasador of Special Olympics International.

7.500 athletes in over 190 countries will compete in 24 sports disciplines at this edition of Special Olympics World Summer Games. Also, 20.000 volunteers will be present at the event which is expected to gather over 500.000 spectators.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games are organised just like the Olympic Games – once every four years – and the 2019 edition is the greatest sport and humanitarian event in the world. The Romanian athletes won 21 medals in 7 sporting disciplines at the 2015 edition of the Games, which took place in Los Angeles.

Let us wish good luck to our athletes from Maramureș, and to the entire delegation from Romania!

Photographs: the official site of Special Olympics Romania