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Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa region has been flourishing throughout the past several years. The region managed to increase the number of its athletes from 20,000 in 2001 up to 150,000 in 2013.

Cairo was host to the 2014 regional games. Read more
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Stories from Middle East-North Africa


December 17, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Champion Mariam Naeem

By sanaa monir

On the medal stand

Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.View Story Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.

About sanaa monir:I am Mariam Naeem's mother, Sanaa.
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November 19, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Qatar

WHY?

By Marelie

Why? I ask myself why do people treat people that are equal but look different differently? We are all humans are we not? Ask yourself is a life worth living to seem more powerful than others or is a life worth living to know that you have made a change in some way.View Story Why? I ask myself why do people treat people that are equal but look different differently? We are all humans are we not? Ask yourself is a life worth living to seem more powerful than others or is a life worth living to know that you have made a change in some way. I am younger than 20 but i know and understand that everyone deserves a chance to live without fear and without thinking that they are not wanted. To all they kids that think they are useless it is not true, God made you perfect just the way you are and don't try changing one bit because i may never know or meet you but i know you are beautiful and that God put you on this earth for a reason. You may not know now but just like my mother always says, God will not put an obstacle in front of you unless he knows that you will finish it. To all you people trying to be something by discouraging someone else that looks different or talks different or even thinks different i have news for you, you're nothing but a coward.

About Marelie:i am a student and i am passionate towards my surroundings. i am no older than 15.
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October 01, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Egyptian President Appoints Ayman Wahab to Highest Advisory Panel

By Kate McKenna

The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community development.View Story The president of Egypt has named Special Olympics’ Regional President Ayman Wahab to his presidential advisory board on community development. Solving Social Problems Mr. Wahab will serve as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s Community Development Expert. Mr. Wahab is Regional President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa. Egypt’s Community Development Board is composed of specialized scholars, professors, experts and youth leaders in different social and community realms, ranging from architecture and urban development, literature and social sciences, education and journalism. The board works to solve negative social phenomena in Egypt, such as homelessness among children and harassment issues.

About Kate McKenna:I am the director of editorial and multimedia production for Special Olympics.
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October 01, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

Special Olympics Lebanon EKS day Activity One

By Fouad Marouch

Fadi and Mohammed Saadeh SOL athlete

Special Olympics Lebanon organized a Sports Clinic in Sports Injuries & Sports Nutrition for athletes, coaches and partners. This is one of the 3 events that we organized to celebrate the vision of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.View Story Special Olympics Lebanon organized a Sports Clinic in Sports Injuries & Sports Nutrition for athletes, coaches and partners. This is one of the 3 events that we organized to celebrate the vision of our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Our lecturers were Mr.Fadi Halabi, nutrition specialist, and Miss Rima Khoury, a body injury specialist. Fadi said that to keep athletes’ attention, details need to be communicated in clear way: explain basics for a healthy diet with a focus on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. To avoid sports drinks and Red Bull, which contains the same caffeine as several cups of cofee; choose water whenever thirsty. Rima: gave some guidelines for injured athletes at the sports court: - Give an injured athlete space; Choose adequate sports shoes; 10 persons can be injured out of 100 because of shoes; Ice is a good option at the onset of the injury; In case of spine injury do not move the injured person, wait for first aid to come; always keep aside a first aid kit with gauze, disinfectant, scarf, anti-inflammatory cream.

About Fouad Marouch:I am Special Olympics Lebanon Sport Director
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August 26, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Kuwait

Record-breaking Athletes on a Journey of Hope

By Lynn Aylward

Athletes Meshaal Al-Bader and Khaled Al-Dousari (second from left and far right) with supporters

Two Special Olympics athletes from Kuwait are sailing a ship named “Journey of Hope” to 39 ports of call around the world to raise awareness and share a humanitarian message about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story Two Special Olympics athletes from Kuwait are sailing a ship named “Journey of Hope” to 39 ports of call around the world to raise awareness and share a humanitarian message about the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. In early August, they brought that message to Special Olympics headquarters and to the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, DC. The sea journey that Meshaal Al-Bader and Khaled Al-Dousari are making has been over ten years in the planning and aided by their families –especially their fathers, Jassem Al-Reshaid Al-Bader and Badi Al-Dousari—and supporters; a foundation created to oversee the construction and financing of the ship and its 210 days of travel. The two athletes compete in Special Olympics swimming, but the records they have broken are in scuba: one was the first diver with Down Syndrome ever to become certified by PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and one is the youngest person with Down Syndrome to be certified. Another record they helped to break concerns their vessel: the Journey of Hope is the first to be completely constructed in Kuwait in some 80 years. In Washington, Special Olympics Board Chairman Tim Shriver and Ambassador Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah both praised the determination and bravery of the athletes and their supporters. “Journey of Hope” is currently sailing towards Greece and will reach its home port in Kuwait on the first of December.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics
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