Speaking at a press meet, Saif bin Mohammed al Rubaeiy, chairman, Special Olympics Oman, formally announced the sultanate’s participation at the occasion.
“Oman will participate in the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which will take place from March 14-21. The Omani team will consist of a record 140 members comprising officials, coaches and athletes. It is an increase from last year’s 108-member team which competed in 13 disciplines. Competitors from different regions of Oman will take part in 14 out of 24 different individual and team sports.”
He added, “A total of 7,500 athletes and coaches from 192 countries and territories will compete at the event.”
Rubaeiy also underscored the essential part households, supervisors and partners play in producing a nurturing and encouraging help program for each the athletes and the association.
“We would not be able to advocate and raise awareness on the potential of people with intellectual disabilities without their help. It is only by working together, in the same spirit of the Special Olympics, that we can improve their way of life,” Rubaeiy stated. Special Olympics Oman was established in 2016 by a Ministerial Decision of the Ministry of Social Development.
Information Source: Muscat Daily