Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

No rainy weather can ever spoil our mood

In the photo you can see a futsal player in action. He shoots the ball and it is clearly raining har
Match Oman vs Taiwan Futsal Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, 23.06.2023 Photo: LOC/Marvin Ibo Güngör
Marvin Ibo Güngör/LOC/Marvin Ibo Güngör

The sixth competition day started with bad news: Due to heavy rain, the tennis courts, hockey and 3x3 basketball fields, cycling roads and sailing boats had to remain empty. But we would not be Special Olympics if we did not keep our spirits high, now more than ever. Here you can find a selection of the best pictures and videos of the day.

Yesterday we were still lucky, because the thunderstorm and the rain started less than 15 minutes after the end of the Athletes' Party, which took place outside in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The photo shows a scene at football. The spectators cheer for a goal of the German team, which shows a super performance despite heavy rain.
Fans celebrating a goal at match Jamaica vs Germany Football / Soccer / Fussball Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, 23.06.2023 Photo: LOC/Marvin Ibo Güngör
Marvin Ibo Güngör/LOC/Marvin Ibo Güngör

But then we had to admit defeat – at least in parts – to the weather. Therefore, the competitions in tennis, 3x3 basketball, field hockey, cycling and sailing were postponed or canceled and in some outdoor sports there were delays.

The nice thing was, however, that the good mood was not diminished by this. True to the motto "now more than ever", athletes and spectators joined forces and made the best of the sixth day of competitions with a great atmosphere.

By the way, tomorrow (Saturday) again with sunny weather it is time for decisions: in 23 of 26 sports, finals will be held.

The photo shows an athlete doing powerlifting. He looks concentrated.
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On the photo you can see the German women's national football team in official lineup before the start of the match. It's raining hard, but everyone seems to be in a good mood anyway. .
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 The photo shows an athlete. She is looking happily into the camera during a performance.
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In the photo, two opposing players are high-fiving over the badminton net.
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The photo shows a referee playing soccer. He is giving hand signals and smiling with his whistle in his mouth. It is raining, but he is still in a good mood.
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The photo shows an athlete doing powerlifting. She is showing her satisfaction with her thumbs up.
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The photo shows a badminton player in action.
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The photo shows an athlete doing gymnastics. He is doing gymnastics on the mat.
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The picture shows a swimmer with green swimming cap from Lithuanian. He is just above water and is setting up for the next stroke in breaststroke.
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The photo shows two female futsal players in action. They are in a duel for the ball.
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The photo shows a badminton player just before her serve. She looks very concentrated.
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On the picture you can see two athletes playing basketball against each other.
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The photo shows an athlete playing bocce. He looks very concentrated.
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