The grand Special Olympics World Games came to an end on Thursday at a spectacular closing ceremony at Zayed Sport City Stadium. In the event an unusual 7500 determined athletes from 200 countries took part.
The seven-day-long Olympic has not only attached the athletes practically but also emotionally giving them warming and courageous feelings which have been a life-changing experience for them.
During the opening ceremony, in a picture, a determined athlete is seen hugging Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, tight as if to never let go.
On the opening of the Games, in a press conference, Bilal Hafeez, a 35-year-old Pakistani with cerebral palsy serving as an event reporter, asked Hessa Bint Eisa Bu Humaid, Minister of Community Development, about the guarantee of a legacy for the event.
One such memorable incident is that the UAE government took the decision to take the New Zealand team on a tour of Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque to show their solidarity with the victims of last Friday’s Christchurch terrorist attacks.
Abdul Sattar Ali Mohammad Al Hamdani the Yemeni head of delegation made an appeal to the International community to intervene for peace in his war-torn country after all four of his athletes ended up winning a medal each.
Another memorable event was the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Programme, where they screened all the participating athletes.
Dr. Tim Shriver, the Chairman of the Special Olympics, said that “These Games mark a turning point in the history of the Special Olympics movement. A new era of the Games has just been born right here in Abu Dhabi.”
- United Arab Emirates
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