Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Logo Toyota as presenting partner of the athletics competitions

Know your facts:

  • Athletics has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1968
  • Unified Sport? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 750

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.


The athletics competitions are ticketed.



All timings of our competitions and award ceremonies.


Spectator Guide

All information for visiting athletics.

The photo shows five runners* competing. They are running and are cheered by numerous fans.
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The photo shows an athlete performing Javelin throw at the National Games. She is sitting in a wheelchair and looks concentrated.
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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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There is an athlete performing high jump during the athletics competitions.
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The photo shows a scene in athletics. Students from the Inclusive Campus Spandau cheer on the athletes during their race. They participated in the "Fans in the Stands" program.
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In the photo in the foreground is a woman participating in the athletics competitions in a wheelchair. She wears a cap and sunglasses and looks at the camera.
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The photo shows five runners* competing. They are running and are cheered by numerous fans.
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The photo shows the end of an athletics competition. One athlete is laying on the ground to take a breath and the second one is celebrating joyfully.
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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.