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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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August 20, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

Athletes Return Home to Praise and Recognition

By Kate McKenna

The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes.View Story The talents of Special Olympics athletes were on full display during the nine-day World Games in Los Angeles. And their achievements continue to make an impact in the 165 countries that took part, as leaders in the highest levels of government and across society speak out about the talents and achievements of our athletes. From India to Israel, in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, Special Olympics athletes have been welcomed home to national acclaim and, in several cases, governmental pledges of renewed support for their Special Olympics programs in particular and for people with intellectual disabilities overall. This attention from Presidents, Prime Ministers, Sports Ministry officials, cultural and business leaders can have long-lasting effect – especially in parts of the world where people with intellectual disabilities face severe isolation and stigma. In those countries, what might seem like a simple “welcome home” for athletes can mark a turning point in policy.

About Kate McKenna:I am the director of editorial and multimedia for Special Olympics.
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August 14, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuzla Mayor congratulates Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina athletes upon their return from LA

By Kada Delic-Selimovic

Tuzla Mayor Jasmin Imanovic with hometown Special Olympics World Games competitors.

Special Olympics athletes from Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina were congratulated by the town mayor when they returned home from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.View Story Special Olympics athletes from Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina were congratulated by the town mayor when they returned home from the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. During a reception, held in their honor on 11 August 2015, Admir Aščerić, Irmela Peranović, Alma Suljkanović and Nihad Buljubašić met Mayor Jasmin Imanovic who welcomed them home. Kada Delic-Selimovic, Head of Delegation for the LA Games and program National Director, and coach Nermina Mujić also were honored. “I am very proud of you and am here for whatever you need,” the mayor said to the Special Olympic athletes. He commented on how hard the athletes had trained in preparation for the Games resulting in them bringing home 11 medals and many happy memories of an unforgettable experience. During the reception, the mayor was presented with a Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina jersey. After the reception, the mayor went to a local stadium to watch the athletes train.

About Kada Delic-Selimovic:Kada Delic-Selimovic is National Director, Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina
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August 14, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Hard Won Medals for Romanian Champs

By Maureen Rabbitt

In a country where many people with intellectual disabilities still live secluded from the rest of society, the story of Nicoleta and Ghizela is unfortunately the exception, not the rule.

Abandoned at birth and then secluded in Romanian residential institutions for almost 25 years, athletes Nicoleta Nicolici and Ghizela Ghereben are living proof that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve greatness, if encouraged and supported in their goals.View Story Abandoned at birth and then secluded in Romanian residential institutions for almost 25 years, athletes Nicoleta Nicolici and Ghizela Ghereben are living proof that people with intellectual disabilities can achieve greatness, if encouraged and supported in their goals. Thanks to a institutionalization project run by Inclusion Europe the women were moved into residential care and joined Special Olympics. Nicoleta won a gold medal in mini javelin while both wome won silver in relay. Back in Romania, Nicoleta works as a cleaning staff, as is respected by colleagues who see her as a true team player. In her spare time, she plays table tennis, enjoys running, and is actually the Romanian Special Olympics gold champion in badminton as well. Ghizela has a job as a chef's assistant, loves singing and doing sports, and is vice-champion in the Romanian national Karate tournament for people with disabilities. The two women are also committed self-advocates for the rights of people with ID.

About Maureen Rabbitt:I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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August 14, 2015 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Special Olympics Global Ambassador Yao Ming becomes Sports Awards Judge

By Suzanne Coogan

Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassador and one of the world’s biggest sporting icons will be on the judging panel for a new global sport awards event to be held in Abu Dhabi. Yao Ming is China’s most famous sporting figure and remains an inspiration for young athletes. Ming who was a leading player for the NBA's Houston Rockets, confirmed that he will be part of the Sport Media Pearl Awards - an awards competition to showcase the best in sports journalism. He will be part of an elite judging panel looking at entries from sport journalists from all over the world who report on everything from amateur to professional sporting events. The Awards, managed by AIPS (International Sports Press Association) and hosted by Abu Dhabi Media, are the first international awards dedicated to the sport media industry. They are designed to put the spotlight on sport reporting. Submissions are open in six categories: Writing, Photography, Audio, Video, Journalistic, Weblog and Sport for a Better World.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness for Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 13, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Moldova

Special Olympics Moldova football players receive invitation to watch UEFA Super Cup match

By Anatolie Cojocari

Special Olympics Moldova football players at the airport in Chisinau before flying to Tbilisi to watch a UEFA Super Cup

Twenty-three young Special Olympics Moldova football players received an invitation to watch the Barcelona vs Sevilla match being held as part of the UEFA Super Cup on 11 August 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia.View Story Twenty-three young Special Olympics Moldova football players received an invitation to watch the Barcelona vs Sevilla match being held as part of the UEFA Super Cup on 11 August 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The players left the special needs center in Rezina in northeastern Moldova on 9 August and traveled to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau where they then flew to Tbilisi. The players had a chance to sightsee in the Georgian capital before they headed for the packed Boris Paichadze Stadium. The UEFA Super Cup is a highlight event in the European football calendar. The invitation was made possible through the UEFA Foundation for Children and the Football Federation of Georgia. Prior to departure from Chisinau, the Vice President of the Moldovan Football Federation, Mr. Ruslan Berzoi and the Head of Administrative Protocol Mircea Cojocari wished the players a safe trip. The players were accompanied by Special Olympics Moldova President Alexandra Danilenco and Board Member Vasile Gobjila.

About Anatolie Cojocari:Anatolie Cojocari is Special Olympics Moldova Sports Director.
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Sep 7 - 13 2015

European Week of Sport

The European week of Sport is a new initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The week will generate new activities and also build on already existing successful initiatives in the European, national, regional or local context. This European wide campaign will inspire Europeans to BeActive during the week and encourage them to stay active all year long.
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Cities throughout Europe

Nov 28 - Dec 6 2015

European Basketball Week

European Basketball Week is when we ask the broader basketball community to open more opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the game. Basketball Week involves athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, coaches, fans and families at more than 200 basketball events, matches, clinics and exhibitions across 33 countries.
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Mirek Krogulec
Email: MKrogulec@specialolympics.org
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