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Special Olympics World Games

The Special Olympics World Games are the world's largest inclusive sports event. Thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities compete together in 26 summer sports and 2 additional demonstration sports. Nine days of exciting and inspiring competitions, by athletes and for athletes.

From 17 to 25 June 2023, the Special Olympics World Games will take place in Berlin – the first time that Germany will host the Games! We are looking forward to a colorful international festival of sports – with the aim of achieving greater recognition and social participation of people with intellectual disabilities in our society.

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23 August 2021, 16:17
On the weekend of 21 and 22 August 2021, the BerlinMan triathlon took place at lake Wannsee. A special highlight was the race on the first competition day, in which a total of nine Special Olympics relay teams participated.
10 July 2021, 16:59
Exactly 100 years ago, on 10 July 1921, the founder of the Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The movement she started today includes more than 5 million athletes in 174 countries.
17 June 2021, 17:09
In Berlin, the clocks are running backwards. In two years, on 17 June 2023, they will face the turning point during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

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We want to welcome people from all over the world to Berlin. We want to show through the spirit of sport how invaluable inclusion can be for everyone, and how much fun and joy we can have together.
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Mark Solomeyer
National Athlete Leader and Special Olympics Germany Vice President

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