Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

#Berlin2023 Day 4: What's on the agenda today?

On the picture you can see basketball athletes playing against each other.
19.06.2023_Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 Messegelände Berlin Basketball Pakistan vs. Guadeloupe Foto: LOC/Florian Conrads

It's the fourth day of the Games, on which final competitions and thus medal decisions are already taking place in eleven sports, our Special Olympics Festival is teaming up with the Fête de la Musique and much more. An overview of the highlights of the day can be found here.

  • In kayaking, the athletes finally start their competitions.
  • Medal decisions will be made for the first time in badminton, boccia and table tennis.
  • Today is the last chance to watch the rhythmic gymnastics.
  • The Special Olympics Festival is cooperating with the Fête de la Musique for today. 

The kayakers have been waiting for their competitions to start and today is the day: at 10:00 am the classification competitions finally start in Grünau.

Kayaking is one of the newest sports in Special Olympics. It requires good coordination skills to be safe and successful on the water. The goal is to paddle through the course in the best possible time.

EN: German athlete in black pants and white jersey in a wheelchair playing Bocce for this national team.
19.06.2023, Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, Bocce - Team Germany 1 Foto: LOC/Annegret Hilse
LOC/Annegret Hilse/LOC/Annegret Hilse

Gymnastics-rhythmic already has its last competition day today. It is therefore worthwhile to visit Messe Berlin (CityCube Level B) once again and also to take in the award ceremonies on site in the Sommergarten.

By the way, the first decisions in badminton, bocce and table tennis also take place at Messe today.

For last-minute visitors, tickets are still available for purchase online or on site (ticket payment only).


Additionally, today the Special Olympics Festival is dedicated to our cooperation with the Fête de la Musique.

The photo shows our big stage at the Brandenburg Gate during the concert evening as part of the Special Olympics Festival. On stage are Amadou & Mariam and many people are listening enthusiastically.

Both at the Brandenburger Tor (from 19:30 hrs.) and on the cultural stage at the Neptunbrunnen (from 14:00 hrs.) there will be top-class musical entertainment. Everyone who wants to join can do so free of charge.
More information on our festival and cultural program can be found here.

Movie fans take note: Special Olympics cordially invites everyone with accreditation to Messe Berlin (Hall 7.2) to watch "All you hear is noise" today (Wednesday, June 21) from 14:30 hrs. and "As far as they can run" as well as "When we get Home" from 17:00 hrs. on. 


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