Tuesday, 18 May 2021
For the first time Oman will field a large contingent of 75 athletes in the Special Olympics Regional Games 2018 to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from March 14 to 25.

Special Olympics to field 75 athletes for regional games

This was revealed by Special Olympics Oman at City Seasons Hotel Muscat on Wednesday.

The Omani athletes will be joining much more than 1,200 athletes from 33 nations to compete in 16 various disciplines.

The games will also see more than 450 coaches and three,000 volunteers.

“This is our largest team ever to participate in the Special Olympics Games. We are exceptionally proud to be representing Oman in the Regional Games in Abu Dhabi,” stated Saif bin Mohammed al Rubaeiy, vice chairman of Special Olympics Oman.

“Our athletes have been operating difficult and coaching for months and are prepared to rise to the challenge.

“Their participation is a living proof of the great potential people with intellectual disabilities have and a testament that a person can find joy, confidence and fulfilment through the power of sports.”

The Special Olympics Oman’s delegation will comprise 108 participants, which in addition to the 75 athletes, will consist of 33 coaches and administrative personnel. The Oman team will participate in 13 disciplines, namely athletics, tennis, table tennis, badminton, swimming, bocce, bowling, equestrian, powerlifting, football, handball, volleyball and roller skating.

Rubaeiy also underscored the crucial function households, supervisors and partners play in making 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.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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