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.

Stories from Asia Pacific


mars 18, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Running Unified for a "truly enjoyable 42.195km"

By Sayaka Sonobe

Kosuke Ide (right) together with his running partner Junya Nishi, at the Osaka Marathon in October 2013.

Special Olympics Nippon athlete Kosuke Ide completed his second marathon in Osaka last year, thanks to consistent training and support from his local running club.View Story Special Olympics Nippon athlete Kosuke Ide completed his second marathon in Osaka last year, thanks to consistent training and support from his local running club. Each athlete is paired with a partner, ensuring the athlete's condition and running pace is monitored during the run. Kosuke’s partner is Mr. Junya Nishi, a Special Olympics Nippon volunteer. Mr. Nishi’s biggest motivation is seeing an athlete’s growth in sport, unleashing his capabilities. Despite his busy work schedule, Mr. Nishi made time to train with Kosuke, for both athlete and partner to get used to each other. On Kosuke’s performance, Mr. Nishi was thrilled: “We ran toward the goal with Kosuke. We were teammates. It was a truly enjoyable 42.195km.” As for Kosuke, he wants to attempt another race in 2014.

About Sayaka Sonobe:Staff of Special Olympics Nippon.
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mars 18, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Bangladesh

First Unified Sports Fest for Special Olympics Bangladesh

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Bangladesh held its first Unified Sports Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 100 Special Olympics Bangladesh athletes and Partners competed in Football and Cricket over the two days.View Story With the support of the Kim Samuel Sports Grant, Special Olympics Bangladesh held its first Unified Sports Festival from 16 to 17 August 2013 at Gulshan Youth Club Grounds, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 100 Special Olympics Bangladesh athletes and Partners competed in Football and Cricket over the two days. The Bangladesh Cricket Board and Bangladesh Football Federation also assisted by sending referees and umpires to officiate at the festival. According to Special Olympics Bangladesh National Director, Faruqul Islam, “We’re pleased to work towards an inclusive community with our first Unified Sports event. It is the start of more opportunities to come, to show equality lies on and off the playing field.”

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region.
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juillet 25, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Myanmar

Accueil chaleureux au Myanmar

By Donna de Varona

Je souhaite partager avec vous la joyeuse expérience qu’a été ma visite de Special Olympics Myanmar. J’ai eu le plaisir de visiter le QG du programme à Yangon et de rencontrer le directeur Kyaw Htut et le membre de l’exécutif Thein Win.View Story Je souhaite partager avec vous la joyeuse expérience qu’a été ma visite de Special Olympics Myanmar. J’ai eu le plaisir de visiter le QG du programme à Yangon et de rencontrer le directeur Kyaw Htut et le membre de l’exécutif Thein Win. Ce fut une réelle inspiration de voir à quel point le mouvement Special Olympics prospère grâce à la passion et l’engagement des leaders et des familles qui savent que personne d’autre ne soutiendra ces programmes. Lors de ma visite, j’ai eu des conversations passionnantes avec parents et bénévoles. Un bénévoles souhaitait pouvoir utiliser une piscine de 50 mètres pour apprendre à nager aux athlètes. Je l’ai informé de notre partenariat avec la fondation Michael Phelps et son programme IM et ai promis de voir si la fondation pouvait envoyer un entraîneur pour former les bénévoles. Je remercie Special Olympics Myanmar pour son travail acharné, sa passion, son courage et son dévouement continuel. Merci de m’avoir rappelé que c’est au sein de Special Olympics que je continue à rencontrer les personnes les plus généreuses.

About Donna de Varona:I am on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.
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mars 18, 2014 | SOI General: Regions

Unified in One Goal

By Karyn Tan

Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea.View Story Special Olympics Global Ambassadors Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Perkins traded their basketballs for hockey sticks today at the Unified Sports® Floor Hockey Experience at Kwondong University in Gangneung, Korea. For the pair, the actions may differ from their usual dribbles and freethrows, but the teamwork and camaraderie on the floor hockey court remains the same, as Special Olympics athletes and partners passed and shot goals with great intensity. Mutombo was thrilled with the matches, playing with athletes from Korea, China, India, Venezuela and Argentina. “It was my first time seeing this game, it was new to me, I was a bit tired, and then I got used to it. I have a first cousin with a learning disability, so it’s a great honor to be here.” “This was like an all-star game but there are Special Olympics Unified Sports everywhere. Wherever we play, it is with one purpose and one goal, to come together.”

About Karyn Tan:Manager, Communications and Development, Asia-Pacific
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janvier 18, 2013 | Africa: Benin

Offrant une main aux sept nouveux pays aux jeux d'hiver

By Will Schermerhorn

Le projet Special Hands est fondée et soutenue par le comité organisateur JeuxMondiaux d'Hiver de PyeongChang 2013. Il rassembles les athlètes et autres personnes de sept pays en voie de développement qyui n'ont jamais participé aux jeux mondiaux de Special Olympics.View Story Le projet Special Hands est fondée et soutenue par le comité organisateur JeuxMondiaux d'Hiver de PyeongChang 2013. Il rassembles les athlètes et autres personnes de sept pays en voie de développement en Corée. Les sept pays n'ont jamais participé  aux Jeux d’hiver Special Olympics.  Il y a également des responsables gouvernementaux de chacun de ces sept pays qui participent. Les athlètes des sept pays qui participent au Special Hands Projet peuvent aussi participer aux activités sportives et non sportives    L'un de ces sept pays est la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée dont l'organisation Special Olympics  est  un comité fondateur et aspire à être un programme Special Olympics accrédité."Il y a beaucoup de gens avec une déficience intellectuelle dans les zones rurales qui ont peur de sortir et de participer à nos programmes», a déclaré Tuna Sophia, secrétaire intérimaire / trésorier du comité fondateur en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée.«Je crois que ce programme Special Olympics leur encouragera parce qu'il est orienté vers ce groupe spécial et il concerne tout le monde et il encourage la participation, l'amitié et le travail en équipe." Voici les autres pays participant: le Cambodge, la Mongolie, le Népal, le Pakistan, la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, la Thaïlande et le Vietnam.

About Will Schermerhorn:Je suis directeur des produits web aux siège Special Olympics, Washington, D.C.
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Upcoming Events Around the World


Date

Event

Location

juin 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

août 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

sept. 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

sept. 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
More Details
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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