Special Olympics Morocco (SOM) is taking part in the 16th edition of the Special Olympics World Games, which is being held from June 17 to 25 in Berlin.
Recognized as the largest inclusive multi-sport platform in the world, the Special Olympics World Games bring together more than 7,000 athletes from 190 countries to compete in 26 sports disciplines, a SOM statement said on Sunday.
“Morocco is participating in the 16th edition by entering 46 athletes. While ensuring parity between girls (23) and boys (23), Special Olympics Morocco will represent the Kingdom in 12 sports disciplines, namely: athletics, boccia, badminton, table tennis, swimming, horse riding, cycling, tennis, judo, golf, football and basketball,” the same source adds.
The Moroccan delegation arrived in Berlin last Monday, the statement said, noting that Morocco’s Ambassador to Germany, Zohour Alaoui, visited the Moroccan athletes at their hotel, to offer support and wish them good luck.
A unique celebration of diversity and inclusion through sport, this international event highlights the extraordinary ability of athletes, who challenge stereotypes and inspire through their talent, determination and sportsmanship.
The Special Olympics World Games are not only an opportunity to showcase the talent and achievements of athletes, but also to promote a more inclusive society where everyone is recognized for their unique abilities.
In this sense, the delegation of Special Olympics Morocco participates in the program of parallel projects. These aim to promote the health, leadership and autonomy of people with intellectual disabilities.
On the sidelines of sports competitions, the national delegation participates in the Global Youth Leadership Summit, which brings together young people with and without disabilities from all over the world, within a single global leadership platform, in order to develop together the skills they have need to become agents of change in their communities.
Since its creation, Special Olympics Morocco has maintained a constant participation in all the events organized on a regional and international scale.
As a reminder, during the 15th edition of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019, the Moroccan delegation distinguished itself by winning an excellent record. Moroccan athletes had won a total of 47 medals, including 12 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.
Special Olympics Morocco is a sports training and competition program for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It was created in October 1994, by the late Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Amina.
As a founding member of the Middle East and North Africa region, Special Olympics Morocco has implemented modern techniques to improve the quality of services offered to athletes and thus contribute to their physical, psychological and social development.
In addition to sports disciplines, Special Olympics Morocco offers many programs of parallel activities.