This page draws together badminton-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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Badminton is a sport that is enjoyed all around the world by millions of people of a wide range of ages. It is a sport that explores speed changes, reaction time demands, muscular strength and endurance challenges, and is heart-pumping fun. This newly identified Olympic Sport offers benefits to all who pick up a racket and a shuttle for a test outing on the court.

Badminton Stories and News

September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

Special Olympics, a love story: Gitte en Dries

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Among many athletes who are competing at the Special Olympics, we found Gitte Van De Poel and Dries Vangeel.View Story Among many athletes who are competing at the Special Olympics, we found Gitte Van De Poel and Dries Vangeel. These two Belgian athletes have found each other and are together since the 3th of August. They've known each other since primary school. Gitte only lives a few houses away from Dries. “It means a lot for us to be able to participate here together. We support each other through thick and thin,” Dries says. “We brought our cell phones to the Games so we can tell each other about our performances.” Gitte will be participating in the aquatics competition, while Dries will be competing in the badminton competition. In the near future Dries also wants to make the swimming team for the next Special Olympics games. That way he can spend even more time with his girlfriend. Dries puts all his efforts in making Gitte proud of him. He wants to go to the World Summer Games one day. In order to achieve his dream he trains four hours per week.

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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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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May 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Romania

Romanian National Games Demonstrate ABILITY

By Katarina Kiss

Young Romanian athletes celebrate their victories.

100 athletes competed in Special Olympics Romania National Games which took place in Buzăn from March 18 - 19. The athletes competed in gymnastics, track, badminton and bocce.View Story 100 athletes have just competed in Special Olympics Romania National Games which took place in Buzăn from March 18 - 19. The athletes competed in gymnastics, track, badminton and bocce. The Games also include a demo of wheelchair basketball in an effort to promote wheelchair sports. Thanks to Reach all athletes underwent a test for their blood glucose levels and received education on living a healthy lifestyle and diet. The Games were supported by a wonderful team of young volunteers from the National University for Physical Education and Sport and the Buzăn Technical College. Special Olympics Romania partnered with the Romanian Olympic Academy and Buzăn local authorities to host the Games.

About Katarina Kiss:I am responsible for Communications and Marketing at Special Olympics Romania.
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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).
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Faruqul Islam
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka

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.
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Ronak Lakhani
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan

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.
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Sayaka Sonobe
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results

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.

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

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Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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