Middle East - North Africa

 Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  SOMENA has been exerting throughout the past ten years, the region managed to increase the scores of its athletes from 20 thousand in 2001 up to 150 thousand in 2010.

Special Olympics MENA Regional Games See Slideshow
My Daughter ... My Teacher Read their Story
In the 24th of September EKS Day was celebrated around the region See Slideshow
SOMENA Results in the World Summer Games Athens 2011. See Results

Stories from Middle East-North Africa


July 25, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

One Year To Go For 2015 World Summer Games

By Christy White

When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination.View Story When the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open in July 2015, it will be a world stage for people with intellectual disabilities to show their strength, skill, courage and determination. The Games in Los Angeles, California, "will change the lives of people around the world who are mistreated and excluded because they’re ‘different,’” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. The Games also are a chance for spectators and volunteers to have their preconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities changed forever. Getting involved with the Games by cheering from the stands or handing out cups of water to thirsty athletes is a sure way to change your view of people of all kinds. Special Olympics World Games -- and all of the 80,000 Special Olympics competitions that occur every year--invite the public to see the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. It's a way to open eyes, to change attitudes and to break down barriers that have excluded people with ID from the mainstream of community. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.'Los Angeles is set to welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports.

About Christy White:I am the director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 22, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Lebanon

A Very Special Week: From the Eye of a Witness

By Nibal Fetouni

"Thank You Mum"- Special Olympics Bahrain Mrs.Ezan and Tarek

For three days Special Olympics Bahrain organized many activities that foster inclusion: youth, families, volunteers and young athletes.View Story For three days Special Olympics Bahrain organized many activities that foster inclusion: youth, families, volunteers and young athletes. In one public school Wael, Special Olympics Bahrain youth leader, introduced high school students to youth activation, with r-word 2 days campaign held in the city center attracting ~ 7000 likes. Afternoon session thanks to Maasouma & Zouheir, volunteers were introduced to Special Olympics. For parents’ reunion, Eman invited 3 parents to speak about their experience to raise a child with intellectual disability. What was striking is the positive vibes spread around: no complaints just a free spirit to build on” know how”. “Thank you mum” Special Olympics Bahrain campaign is launched on social media (thumb up Ehdaa). Thanks to Hayat & Noof, Young Athletes had their demonstration with parents as coach. Thanks to Abdullah, Athletes leaders are trained on life skills: communication, leadership.. they will receive their athlete leadership diploma. Inspiring closing with volunteers. Without their commitment none of the above could have been achieved. Two goals are defined: fortify US and form a committee.

About Nibal Fetouni:Initiatives Director SOI-MENA
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April 30, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

ESPN Will Broadcast the 2015 World Games in LA

By Christy White

ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, giving ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ESPN will be the official broadcaster of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The partnership between ESPN and the 2015 World Games means that ESPN’s hundreds of millions of fans worldwide will have the chance to learn more about Special Olympics' mission to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.ESPN has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Unified Sports, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same playing field. For almost a year, ESPN has used its worldwide broadcasting and publishing power to promote Unified Sports. The agreement to broadcast the 2015 World Games is separate and additional.The agreement provides ESPN with rights to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities. ESPN will produce the Opening Ceremony live as well as a nightly highlights program and KABC-TV will also play a role in the coverage for the Los Angeles market. ESPN will feature both English- and Spanish-language coverage of some parts of LA2015. Specific programming and coverage details will be announced in the months ahead.

About Christy White:I am the Director, Global Media and Public Relations, for Special Olympics
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March 08, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: United Arab Emirates

Stop possessive use of eponym - See the change

By Rincy Joseph

i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'.View Story i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'. And in fact this was the underlining reason kids born with an extra chromosome was not given any opportunity to grow and get their childhood rights. Their mild problems became worse and ultimately the world concluded that 'R' is the most appropriate term to address. Its time to move from 1961 when the term DS was first accepted. 2014- March 21 lets call the world to address our kids condition as Trisomy 21 which will remove all the existing stigma and help them lead a better life. Stop using the word Down Syndrome or Retard. I would say it is' We' rather our Ancestors who are responsible for this sigma and hurt that our kids suffer now. We know that it was not intensional and understanding its negative impact -Why do we still keep quiet.

About Rincy Joseph:Proactive Thinker, Medical Professional, Mother of a child having Trisomy 21 - Neither 'Down' nor having any 'Syndrome'. "Giving the best inputs and watching the best outputs is our reward".
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March 04, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Saudi Arabia

I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old.

By Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani

When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as ifView Story When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r-word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that is everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as if he does not care. People just love to classify things and the fact is that he is a driver he shouldn't be saying things like that in front of anybody. I don't know if he's trying to sympathize with me or offend me.

About Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani:I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old and I'm living with my family in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Oct 20 - 24 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics Coaches Training Seminar

Special Olympics in the Middle East - N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics 20-24 October in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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Riyadh
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Dec 3, 2014

2014 Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional Games

Join us for the 8th Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional games on 3-10 December in Muscat, Oman. Thousands of athletes representing countries from around the region will participate in 8 days of peace, celebration and competition in 13 sports. The games will also host a Unified Sports, Special Olympics Youth Summit, Athlete Leadership Congress, Families Forum, Young Athletes Demonstration and Healthy Athletes Screenings.
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Muscat
OMAN


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