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This page draws together cricket-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics cricket.  View the Cricket Fact Sheet

Cricket is a locally popular recognized sport in Special Olympics. The first international Special Olympics cricket tournament was hosted in India in 2006. There are over 81,000 Special Olympics athletes participating in Cricket. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team.


Cricket Stories and News


July 08, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

Cricket Coach Training in Special Olympics Thailand

By Mike (Velappan) Devaraajan

Special Olympics Thailand Coaches at the Cricket Training Camp, organised by the Thailand National Cricket Association.

62 Special Olympics Thailand Coaches were trained in Cricket by the Thailand National Cricket Association, the second training offered by the Association.View Story 62 Special Olympics Thailand Coaches were trained in Cricket by the Thailand National Cricket Association. This is the second training offered by the Association, following the MOU agreement signed by both parties last year. A total of 44 males & 18 female coaches from 34 schools in 21 provinces took part in the clinic, held from 11th to 13th June 2014 at Thammasat University Rangsit Campus in Pathumthani Province. The training was supported partially by the Special Olympics Christmas Record Trust, a grant disbursed from Special Olympics that enables countries to further their work to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Cricket will be a competition sport for Special Olympics Thailand's National games this coming 18-22 August in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima Province).

About Mike (Velappan) Devaraajan:Sports Manager for the Asia Pacific region.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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December 06, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Australia

They Picked Me

By Katrina Streeting

Robbie Streeting with his dad Mark Streeting at the cricket competition for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games.

In a world where rejection is more common than acceptance, Special Olympics has allowed both my sons to feel that they are good enough to represent their country and be part of an amazing event.View Story Earlier this year our two eldest sons Matthew and Robbie received letters in the mail from Special Olympics Australia. With great excitement Robbie opened his letter and he could hardly contain his joy as he had me read his letter to him. He had been selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games. Matthew opened his letter quietly with shaking hands. Softly the words 'they picked me' where spoken with wonderment and joy. The journey from that day to today when we find ourselves in the middle of the competition has been exciting, tiring, challenging but most of all inclusive. In a world where rejection is more common than acceptance, Special Olympics has allowed both my sons to feel that they are good enough to represent their country and be part of an amazing event. I thank all the coaches, volunteers and staff of Special Olympics Australia who have been part of their journey from the beginning. Thank you Special Olympics.

About Katrina Streeting:Proud mum!
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2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


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