Special Olympics Current Affairs - 2019

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Special Olympics World Games Inaugurated at Abu Dhabi

The Special Olympics World Games 2019 was inaugurated at Abu Dhabi. The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is being hosted by the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

For the first time, the Special Olympics is being held in the Middle East and North Africa region. The host UAE had introduced the term “people of determination” as part of a new National Strategy for Empowering People with Disabilities.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of their ability or disability. The Special Olympics are held every two years and alternates between summer and winter.

Previous Special Olympics were held in Austria (2017) and the next Special Olympics will be held in Sweden (2021).

The motto of Special Olympics “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.’ embodies what every athlete wants to pursue in life by dispelling the myth that children with intellectual disabilities must be confined behind the walls of unique and uncommon societies.

India’s Prabhroop Sekhon wins two golds in Special Olympics World Games

India’s 14 year old Prabhroop Sekhon has won two gold medals in the Special Olympics World Summer Games held at Los Angeles, US. He won the medals in 300 metre and 500 metre Roller Skating event.

Sekhon hails from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Earlier he was coached and selected for various camps at State and National level.  He is an Autistic student and is son of a serving Indian Air Force Officer, Group Captain BS Sekhon.

Special Olympics World Summer Games: They are an international sporting competition organized by Special Olympics for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver to celebrate the talents, perseverance and achievements of those with intellectual disabilities.