The Special Olympics World Games will be held in Berlin from 17 to 25 June 2023. About 7,000 athletes’ intellectual disabilities from 180 countries compete together in 26 sports.
The Republic of Tajikistan at the Special Olympics in Berlin will be represented by 3 athletes and 3 coaches. They participate in competitions in running and table tennis.
On June 17, 2023 Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier officially opened the Special Olympics World Games in the presence of about 50,000 guests at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The event was also attended by German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ministers and Heads of relevant Ministries and Agencies as well as high-ranking delegations from foreign countries.
Tajik Ambassador to Germany Imomuddin Sattorov, who was present at the official ceremony, welcomed the Tajik athletes during the general parade at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin and wished them success in the competition.
Tajiks living in Berlin and family members of Tajik diplomats also came to the sports ground to support our athletes.
For reference: The Special Olympics World Games were first held in Chicago in 1968, and now competitions are held every four years in different countries. In total, 5.2 million athletes from 174 countries participate in this movement.
The World Games are the largest multi-sport event in Germany since the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the first to be held in Germany.
The World Games bring more attention to the practical implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and provide opportunities for greater participation of people with disabilities in public life and especially in sports.