Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Athletics has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1968
  • Unified Sport? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 797

Running, jumping, and throwing are the three categories of athletics, which are divided into multiple disciplines in our sport.

We have 11 competitions:

The disciplines are ranging from 50 meters to 10,000 meters, which are held as team or individual competitions. In addition, there are the four disciplines of shot put, mini javelin throw, standing long jump, and long jump. In each discipline, the athletes have the opportunity to demonstrate their speed, strength and fitness.

By the way:

Track and field is the Special Olympics sport with the most participants worldwide.

On the photo, there is a female athlete who just successfully did high jump.
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The image shows an athlete doing long jump. There is a lot of sand splashing up and the athlete is straining.
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The photo shows two athletes on the track field, one jumping out of joy after finishing the competition first.
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The photo shows a tartan track during an Athletics competition.
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Athletics takes place at Hanns-Braun-Stadion on the grounds of Olympiapark.