Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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April 23, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

My achievements of Special Olympics

By Jasmine Sharif

I and my fellow friends went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Special Olympics Asia Pacific Athlete Input Council. It was really nice and Ben from Special Olympics Australia and I are the co-chairs.View Story Hi my name is Jasmine Sharif, and I am in Special Olympics since 7 years ...I and my fellow friends went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Special Olympics Asia Pacific Athlete Input Council. It was really nice and Ben from Special Olympics Australia and I are the co-chairs. We both feel awesome and feel honored about this all, its great success and great support Thank you, Special Olympics

About Jasmine Sharif:I am a Special Olympics athlete.
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April 21, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

My SPECIAL MOMENTS

By alex orgo

For me my life changing experience was the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, and being a part of a group of volunteers who were passionate about being involved in this event.View Story For me my life changing experience was the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, and being a part of a group of volunteers who were passionate about being involved in this event. It was the first time I was involved, and the management team and volunteers made my experience memorable. Meeting the athletes, support staff and families was an experience in itself. I took every opportunity to be involved, from the welcome ceremony to the closing ceremony, and was honoured to be involved with the Bocce event on the help desk. I was in a prime location and everyone had to go past me to enter the venue. Working with such a passionate group of people was the icing on the cake for me and I will always have fond memories and am looking forward to the next time I can assist such a worthwhile organization. Thanks for the opportunity to shine and show my administration skills that I gained through my further training. All the best from the GOOD NEWS VOLLIE ALEX

About alex orgo:Am a passionate volunteer for non profit organisations and attempt to be involved with organisations who may need administration volunteers to promote the event and support everyone involved.
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April 07, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Sheer dedication and commitment made Pooja Shanker become an International medallist

By Prof. Subodh Shankar

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Pooja, a star performer in bocce, missed a chance to play in the 2011 World Winter Games in Korea, but she was chosen for the 2013 Asia Pacific Regional Games. She aspired to be an International medalist. For this, she persuaded her coach to give her the best practice.View Story Pooja, a star performer in bocce, got severely depressed for not having been selected for the 2011 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea, and and nothing helped her to overcome this problem. Later on, her selection to Asia Pacific Regional Games-2013 gave her an impetus to overcome her depression. Slowly, she started recovering. But she aspired to be an International medallist. For this, she persuaded her coach to give her the best practice. At the Asia Pacific Games in Australia, she appeared fully committed to win at least one medal. However, in doubles match her team could only reach up to 4th place. But, this did not deter her to perform well in future events. Finally, on 5th December, after a set of 2 games she was declared the bronze medallist in F-24 division. This was a great moment for her, as well as for all the spectators and well-wishers.With this success, she was totally thrilled and looked as if she has won the biggest battle of her life. Who says these special people are emotionless?

About Prof. Subodh Shankar:I am a professor of Architecture in India. I accompanied her to New Castles. For me, this was life time experience. So many innocent, but committed athletes over there.
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March 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Torch Run to kick off Fukuoka National Games

By Sayaka Sonobe

Riyo Mori (centre) together with Special Olympics Nippon athletes, Coaches and Volunteers at the Torch Run for the Fukuoka National Games.

Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21.View Story Special Olympics Nippon had a Torch Run ceremony to kick off preparations for the 6th National Summer Games at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka on March 21. 70 runners participated in the torch run, running over about 2 km in the shrine. Former Ms. Universe Riyo Mori, Dream Supporter for Special Olympics Nippon joined other guests and 250 for the run, bringing much excitement to the local Fukuoka community.

About Sayaka Sonobe:Staff of Special Olympics Nippon
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March 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Serbia

Special Olympics unified team recognized by the Serbian Football Federation

By Milana Jeremic

Aleksandar Stanojevic, National Director, Special Olympics Serbia (left) receives achievement award from Tomislav Karadzic, president, Serbian Football Federation.

Special Olympics Serbia was honored by the Serbian Football Federation in an award ceremony acknowledging achievements in Serbian football in 2013. Special Olympics Serbia was recognized for winning the Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland in 2013.View Story Special Olympics Serbia was honored by the Serbian Football Federation in an award ceremony acknowledging achievements in Serbian football in 2013. Special Olympics Serbia was recognized for winning the Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland in 2013. The Unified team will go on to compete in the Special Olympics Unified Cup to be held in Malaysia later this year. Federation president Tomislav Karadzic presented the plaque to Aleksandar Stanojevic, National Director, Special Olympics Serbia. The ceremony took place during the federation’s assembly on 18 March 2014 in Belgrade.

About Milana Jeremic:Milana Jeremic is National Administrator of Special Olympics Serbia.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Event

Location

Jun 20, 2014

Special Olympics Timor Leste National Games

The National Games will have five competition sports: athletics, bocce, table tennis, badminton and 5-aside football. From these Games, Timor Leste athletes will be selected for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
For more information
Sebastiao do Rego Guterres
Email:sebaguterres@gmail.com
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Baucau
TIMOR-LESTE

Aug 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

Sep 8 - 10 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Karachi

Starting September 8, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Karachi. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Sep 28 - 30 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Lahore

Starting September 28th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Lahore. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

Oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
For more information
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

Oct 29 - Nov 10 2014

Special Olympics Unified Football Cup

Modeled after the FIFA World Cup, the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup will bring together qualifying Unified Sports football (soccer) teams from 25 countries representing each of the Special Olympics seven regions to compete and showcase as never before, the bravery, ability and joy of Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners worldwide. Countries that rose to the top during qualifying events and are participating in the Unified Football Cup include: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, Libya, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Korea, France, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and the United States of America.
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MALAYSIA

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
For more information
More Details
Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN


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