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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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Stories from Asia Pacific


May 22, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Malaysia

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation proudly supporting Special Olympics on Tour

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Global Partner Tottenham Hotspur is visiting Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, during its upcoming Tour for the AIA Cup.View Story Special Olympics Global Partner Tottenham Hotspur is visiting Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, during its upcoming Tour for the AIA Cup. The Club and its Global Coaching team will be working in partnership with Special Olympics Malaysia and Special Olympics Australia to help educate local coaches on Tottenham Hotspur training methods, that will then be shared with athletes.

About Karyn Tan :Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region
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May 21, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Bharat (India)

Special Olympics Bharat Runners Take Part in World 10K Run

By S.RAVINDRA KUMAR

Special Olympics Bharat athletes Ankush Saha and Santosh Kumar with bib no 609 and 1644 respectively participated in theTCS World10k Run Bengaluru on 15 May 2015.View Story Special Olympics Bharat athletes Ankush Saha and Santosh Kumar with bib no 609 and 1644 respectively participated in theTCS World10k Run Bengaluru on 15 May 2015 and finished 160th out of 7772 with a timing of 44.32 min and 647th out of 7772 with a timing of 51.34 min. Ankush is participating for the second year and Santosh Kumar is participating for the ninth year in a row in the open 10k event where other Special Olympics athletes participated in the Champions with Disability category. The courage and skill displayed by our special athletes in the event is laudable.

About S.RAVINDRA KUMAR:i am father as well as coach of Santosh Kumar. i am also national trainer special olympics bharat i am employed in indian railways as cheif reservation supervisor coaching is my hobby last year 8 athletes of bangalore participated in 10k run including a female athlete.i sincerely beleive given oppurtunities the can compete with anybody avenues for competition in long distance running should be explored to give meaningful competition experience for these athletes.
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May 15, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

The Flame of Hope is Ignited in Athens

By Christy White

On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.View Story On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Flame of Hope begins its trans-Atlantic journey via UPS Airlines, which will transport the flame to Washington, D.C. in time for the start of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, which will kick off on 26 May. At the conclusion of the Unified Relay, the Flame of Hope will be handed over to the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg Team where they will travel for 13 days to more than 120 cities and towns throughout California, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion. To read more about the lighting ceremony, click below.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2015 | Europe Eurasia: Austria

Special Olympics & IFRC Grants Are a Success

By Annemarie Hill

In an effort to support the growing country level collaboration between global partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Special Olympics, a small humanitarian diplomacy grant initiative was opened to 13 Programs in August 2014.View Story In an effort to support the growing country level collaboration between global partner International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Special Olympics, a small humanitarian diplomacy grant initiative was opened to 13 Programs in August 2014 through joint funding from both organizations. Humanitarian Diplomacy is an institutionalized activity throughout the Red Cross and Red Crescent world, and the partnership with Special Olympics has opened an opportunity for this advocacy to be focused on individuals with intellectual disabilities. 4 grants were awarded to in Austria, Jamaica, Indonesia and Peru. The grants had an enormous and diverse impact - be it starting a new local Program in rural Peru, having athlete leaders gain knowledge, confidence and importantly, their voice in Indonesia and Jamaica or thousands of youth reading inspired stories of inclusion in Austria, the project exceeded all expectations and demonstrated the true depth, scope and value of the partnership between Special Olympics and the IFRC.

About Annemarie Hill:I am the Director for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.
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Today, the Templeton Foundation gave its most prestigious award to my hero, Jean Vanier.  For Linda and our children and me, he has also been our retreat leader, our teacher of humility, our guide. 

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