Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Since 1968, basketball has been part

of the Special Olympics World Games.


How to play basketball:

2 teams play against each other.

Each team has 5 players.

There are 2 basketball nets.

The teams have to throw a ball into the other team’s nets.



The players are allowed to play the ball only with their hands.

The photo shows a scene during a Basketball match. The player holds the ball and is on his way towards the hoop.
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A Basketball player tries to score during a match.
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The photo shows a female player who holds the ball and who is playing against two male players.
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The photo shows a very dynamic scene of a Basketball match in which one player is trying to score while two defenders try to prevent this from happening.
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Two Basketball players give each other a fist bump during a match.
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The photo shows a full court perspective of a match scene in basketball.
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The photo shows a Basketball court during a match with three players.
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On the photo, there is a Basketball player who dribbles towards the basket.
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Unified Sports®

In Unified Sports®, people with ID and

people without disabilities play sport together.

They also compete together.

The people with ID are called athletes.

The people without disabilities are called partners.


Is basketball a Unified Sport?


There are teams of people with ID.

And there are teams of people with ID and people without disabilities.


How many people play basketball at the World Games?

387 athletes and 123 partners.

Messe Berlin

Basketball takes place at Messe Berlin

in the Halls 21-23.

Do you want more information?

Click on: learn more.

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