Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


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Know your facts:

  • Basketball has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1968
  • Unified Sports? Yes
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 387 athletes + 123 Unified partners

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Special Olympics Unified Sports.


Special Olympics feature:

Three athletes* and two Unified partners play together on the court. The baskets are hung at a height of 3.05 meters according to FIBA rules. The playing time in the final competitions is four quarters with 6 minutes playing time each.


We have four disciplines:

  1. Team competition - Women
  2. Team competition - Men/Mixed
  3. Unified Sports Team Competition - Women
  4. Unified Sports Team Competition - Men/Mixed

By the way:

In the beginning, basketball was played with a soccer and a basket used to collect peaches. The referees had to take the ball out of the baskets every time the players scored.


The basketball competitions are ticketed.



All timings of our competitions and award ceremonies.


Fans in the Stands

"Fans in the Stands" groups can visit the basketball competitions.

The photo shows a scene during a Basketball match. The player holds the ball and is on his way towards the hoop.
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A Basketball player tries to score during a match.
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The photo shows a female player who holds the ball and who is playing against two male players.
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In the photo there is a scene in a basketball hall. In the foreground is a female athlete while talking to a man (maybe the coach?) in a wheelchair. Both are laughing happily.
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The photo shows a very dynamic scene of a Basketball match in which one player is trying to score while two defenders try to prevent this from happening.
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Two Basketball players give each other a fist bump during a match.
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In the photo a basketball team is standing in a semicircle on the court. Everyone is cheering joyfully into the camera and one player is holding a basketball. It is not a game situation.
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The photo shows a full court perspective of a match scene in basketball.
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On the photo, there is a Basketball player who dribbles towards the basket.
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The photo shows a Basketball court during a match with three players.
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Messe Berlin

Basketball takes place on the grounds of Messe Berlin in the Halls 21-23.