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17-25 June 2023

Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023

The Special Olympics World Games are the world's largest inclusive sports event. Thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities compete together.

From 17 to 25 June 2023, the Special Olympics World Games took place in Berlin and for the first time in Germany.

We celebrated 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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#Berlin2023: Recap

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Berlin 2023 team says thank you and see you soon!

31 July 2023, 10:40
An unforgettable journey lies behind us. Together we have taken the Special Olympics movement another step forward, given Germany and Berlin an important push for more inclusion and created moments for eternity. And for that, we want to thank you one last time.

Successful Games and responsibility for everyday life

28 June 2023, 16:24
With a brilliant fireworks display in the Berlin summer sky and the extinguishing of the flame, the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 came to a glorious close last Sunday. It was the end of the Games, but by no means the finale in terms of what needs to be done for inclusion.

Extraordinary commitment – our volunteers at the Games

27 June 2023, 11:32
Our volunteers in their distinctive purple shirts were everywhere. Without them, the Special Olympics World Games would not have been such a great success for everyone. Therefore, they deserve a huge thank you!


Here you can check out how the competitions of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 turned out.


#Berlin2023 at a glance

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#Berlin2023 at a glance


The Olympiapark hosts the following sports:
We will also celebrate the grand Opening Ceremony at Olympiastadion.

Messe Berlin

The following sports take place at Messe Berlin:
Visitors can also experience the Special Olympics Festival, our Activity Zone and the award ceremonies.

Various congresses are also held here for invited guests only.

City Cluster

Here the competitions in 3x3 basketball, cycling and beach volleyball take place:
There will also be the Special Olympics Festival at Neptunbrunnen and various highlight events at Brandenburg Gate, as well as the big Closing Ceremony.


Wannsee is the venue for our sailing competitions:


In Grünau the kayaking and the open water swimming competitions take place:

Bad Saarow

In Bad Saarow, the golf competitions take place:


In the SSE (swimming and diving hall at Europasportpark) you can see the competitions in swimming:

Bowling World

Here, the bowling competitions take place (unfortunately without spectators):
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.
The photo is a portrait of Mark Solomeyer, National Athletes' Spokesperson and Vice President of Special Olympics Germany. He is wearing a black suit and smiling towards the camera.
Mark Solomeyer
National Athlete Leader and Special Olympics Germany Vice President
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