This year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi which started on the 14th of March and will end 21st March promises to be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019.
The games, being AXA Mansard, a member of AXA, is expected to bring together 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches, 1,500 officials, 20,000 volunteers, 3,000 guests, 6,000 family members and over 500,000 thousand spectators from over 170 nations.
The Special Olympics World Games takes place every 2 years alternating between Summer and Winter. Austria hosted the Winter Games in 2017 where 22 athletes represented Nigeria, winning 12 gold and 10 silver medals.
Speaking about the event, Mr Tope Adeniyi, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Mansard Health plc stated that, “The need to show our concern and support towards children and young adults that are physically challenged cannot be over-emphasized seeing they have very little opportunity to participate in organised athletic events. Sponsoring this iconic event is our way of ultimately contributing towards the mental and physical wellness of these children”
The Games serve to promote the concept of involvement in physical activity and other opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. It also gives an opportunity for children and young adults all over the world to bond and create memories that will last a lifetime, while inspiring them to push beyond the barrier of intellectual disabilities.