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17-25 June 2023

#Berlin2023 Day 2: What's on the agenda today?

The photo shows an athlete during an open water swimming competition.
World Games 2019, Open Water Swimming.
Chris Combes

It's Day 2 of the Berlin Games and we are kicking it off with exciting sport, our concert evening at Brandenburger Tor and more. An overview of the day's highlights can be found here.

  • Except for kayaking, gymnastics-artistic and roller skating, all sports are in full swing.
  • The last chance to visit is today at the Open Water Swimming in Grünau.
  • At Brandenburger Tor, everyone is invited to our free concert evening.
  • The Special Olympics Activity Zone invites all visitors of Messe Berlin to get active.


Boccia and hockey – what do these sports have in common? They both start with the group phase today, in which the teams can qualify for the finals.

The last chance for a visit is already today at Open Water Swimming. The final competitions, medal ceremonies and award ceremonies take place in Grünau.


The photo shows a female athlete of rhythmic gymnastics with a sports gymnastics hoop. She smiles at the spectators.
Special Olympics World Games 2023 Berlin 18.06.2023 Rhythmische Sportgymnastik Rhythmic Gymnastics SOSA COLINDRES, Wendy Honduras Foto: Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4
Tilo Wiedensohler/Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

For all visitors of Messe Berlin who feel inspired and also want to get active, there is our Activity Zone in Hall 8.2. We offer activities for all age groups and abilities and the focus is on the fun of movement.

The Young Athletes program is part of the Activity Zone and it includes sports and games specifically for children with and without intellectual disabilities aged 2 to 7 years.

In the photo, a person is holding up a cell phone in their hands, and the Games App can be seen on the display.

Additionally, a varied program will continue to take place at all Special Olympics Festival locations throughout the day today.

The highlight is the concert evening with live music and a unique atmosphere at the Brandenburger Tor, which can be attended free of charge.

Do you already have our Games App? Here you won't miss any program highlights and have all information on athletes, schedules and results at a glance. You can download it here.

For last-minute visitors, tickets can still be purchased online or on site (ticket payment only).



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