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German President Steinmeier becomes patron of the Games

The photo shows three people: A politician (unknown), German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Global Messenger Nyasha Derea in conversation.
Pictured at the official contract signing for the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 in the Bellevue Palace, Berlin are (left to right): Elke Büdenbender, First Lady of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, and Nyasha Derera, Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger, Chair of the Special Olympics Global Athlete Congress and member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. 30 January, 2020
Pressefoto Berlin / Juri Reetz / Fotograf

A big sign for the importance of inclusion in Germany: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier becomes patron of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

In January 2020, the host contract for the World Games was signed already in the presence of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. He is thus, in a sense, a supporter from the very beginning.

"For the athletes from all over the world, the patronage by our Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is an extraordinary sign of appreciation. The patronage also shows how important inclusion is for our society," says Special Olympics Germany President Christiane Krajewski.

The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 are to have an impact from Berlin throughout the entire country, contributing to the equal participation of people with intellectual disabilities in our society beyond sport. The patronage by the Federal President is a clear sign for the importance of inclusion in Germany.


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