front row: Athlete Barbara Pölzl, CEO Janet Froetscher (SOI), Pres. Hermann Kröll (Special Olympics 2017) second row: Mayor Mag. Siegfried Nagl (Graz), NRAbg. Hermann Christ , US-Ambassador Alexa Wesner, Federal Minister Dr. Sophie Karmasin, Mayor Jürgen Winter (Schladming), Mayor Rainer Angerer (Ramsau) and Special Olympics athletes.
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An important milestone took place in the planning process for the staging of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria.View Story ▼An important milestone took place in the planning process for the staging of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria. Special Olympics International CEO Janet Froetscher travelled to Vienna to officially sign the Games agreement between Special Olympics and the Games Organizing Committee, marking the official commencement of the contract. Present to witness the signing included the Federal Minister of Youth and Family, Dr. Sophie Karmasin, US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner, Mayors of Host Towns, Special Olympics athletes and supporters. “This agreement provides a fundamental path for future cooperation. It is based on long lasting confidence and a commitment to follow the same goals of Special Olympics and the GOC," said Herman Kröll, President of the GOC. Froetscher said, "As the host of the World Winter Games, Austria will make an immeasurable contribution to the quality of life for millions of people with intellectual disabilities globally."
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