Europe Eurasia

Special Olympics in Europe and Eurasia encompasses a diverse range of cultures, languages and customs. The region spans Iceland to Israel, Portugal to Siberia, Russia but we all have one thing in common – a passionate commitment to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.

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Stories from Europe-Eurasia


September 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Come to Special Olympics to Solve the Problem of Discrimination

By Maureen Rabbitt

The Youth Summit includes 50 participants from across Europe Eurasia and recommendations will be delivered to the Scientific Symposium at the European Games 2014.

“How do we solve the problem of discrimination and injustice?” was the question and challenge that Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics athletes asked an international collection of youth leaders and athletes as he visited the European Games 2014 Youth Summit in Antwerp today.View Story “How do we solve the problem of discrimination and injustice?” was the question and challenge that Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics athletes asked an international collection of youth leaders and athletes as he visited the European Games 2014 Youth Summit in Antwerp today. He explained why at Special Olympics Games national flags are not displayed: “We don’t ask you to come with symbols that say you are separate or better. We ask you to come together to solve the problem of discrimination. And maybe if we just play together we can solve this problem”. Speaking at the Coca Cola visitor centre where the Youth Summit is hosted, Tim explained that SO need to follow a business model similar to Coca Cola: “Your job as young people is to teach the world to speak the same language in perfect harmony. Just like Coca Cola make 60,000 bottles an hour here in Antwerp, we need to make 60,000 open human hearts and minds around the world.” The Youth Summit will run until Sept 16th.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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September 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Antwerp 2014 Addresses Epidemic of Neglect & Injustice

By Maureen Rabbitt

"Let's get healthy" shouted Tim Shriver as he cut the ribbon with Gonzalez Stubbe, Lions International Club and Dutch athlete Rob Bakker.

Powerful words that were delivered today by Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, to the hundreds of medical volunteers before the opening of the Healthy Athlete Village at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium.View Story “Through your work over the next 7 days you are responding to the epidemic of neglect and injustice in the healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities” – Powerful words that were delivered today by Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International to the hundreds of medical volunteers before the opening of the Healthy Athlete Village at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Over the course of the Game these volunteers will provide free health screening to nearly all of the 2,000 athletes from 58 countries competing in the Games. The screenings will include podiatry, physical therapy, audiology, vision, dentistry and health promotion. Dutch athlete Rob Bakker also spoke to the athletes present encouraging them to avail of the health screenings: “By staying healthy you will become a better athlete” he said. The occasion also saw the signing of a MOU between Special Olympics and the International Federation of Podiatry.

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September 14, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Games get off to a flying start in Antwerp

By Suzanne Coogan

Strength and Skill on the first day of Competition at the 2014 European Summer Games

First day of competition got underway at the European Summer Games in an atmosphere of joy, friendship and fun. 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 58 countries are competing in 10 sports in Antwerp.View Story First day of competition got underway at the European Summer Games in an atmosphere of joy, friendship and fun. 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 58 countries are competing in 10 sports in Antwerp. The day started with an early morning ceremony to open the Olympic Town with the lighting of the Flame of Hope by the Mayor of Antwerp. The Flame will stay burning at the Olympic Town for the duration of the Games. As competition began so too did the Healthy Athletes Program which was officially opened by Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. 300 medical professional volunteers are providing free health screening checks to athletes in seven clinical disciplines. The Games are not just about sport! Food lovers will experience gourmet food at a Unified Pop-Up Restaurant in the Olympic Town. Every day some of Belgium’s top chefs will cook with Special Olympics athletes and students with intellectual disabilities. Competition results will be updated daily here.

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September 14, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

GAME ON! Queen Mathilde of Belgium opens 2014 Special Olympics European Games

By Suzanne Coogan

Opening Ceremony of 2014 European Summer Games, Brussels, Belgium

A spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games took place at the Heizel in Brussels Expo.View Story A spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games took place at the Heizel in Brussels Expo. Declaring the Games officially open Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium proudly welcomed 2,000 athletes and their families and supporters and 1,000 coaches from across 58 countries to Belgium. The Ceremony was live streamed by Belgium’s national broadcaster and it was also available to watch live on the official Games website www.so2014.com. Images from the Opening Ceremony can be downloaded here including Parade of Athletes here and video highlights are available here.Guests included Prime Minister of Belgium Elio Di Rupo, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, international supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, tennis legend Justine Henin & Serbian Olympic Volleyball Champion Vladimir ‘Vanja’ Grbic. Competition in 10 sports starts Sept 14th for the next 6 days.

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September 11, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Watch the European Games Opening Ceremony Live

By Suzanne Coogan

It’s a ceremony that celebrates the courage and spirit of athletes with intellectual disabilities, and everyone can see it live online Saturday night.View Story It’s a ceremony that celebrates the courage and spirit of athletes with intellectual disabilities, and everyone can see it live online Saturday night. The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics European Games will be live-streamed on the official webpage of the Games and on the YouTube channel of Special Olympics Belgium on Saturday September 13th.  The 2014 European Summer Games will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness Queen Mathilde of Belgium at a spectacular ceremony to take place in Brussel’s EXPO, ‘Palais 12’, from 15.00 local time (14.00 GMT) on Saturday. The highlight of the Opening Ceremony will be the Parade of Athletes in front of thousands of spectators and special guests including Jacques Rogge, former International Olympics Committee President and Honorary Chairman of the European Games; Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International; and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova. 

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Sep 20 - 21 2014

Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Tournament

Join us on September 20-21 at the Atlas Arena in Lódz, Poland during the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) Men’s World Championship where athletes and unified partners from Special Olympics Poland will compete in a Unified volleyball match just before the final. Hope to see you there!
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Krzysztof Krukowski
Email:kkrukowski@specialolympics.org
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Atlas Arena
Lódz, Poland
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