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"Send Your Children to Special Olympics Programs"

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The Greek athletes (from left to right) Dimitris Danoglou, Lampros Kontos, Christos Thivaios, Giorgos Papadopoulos and Nikos Toulikas receive a warm welcome in Athens Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (photo: Special Olympics Hellas)
“I wish the Games lasted two more weeks, because I love Austria. I was impressed by the people, their hospitality and seeing so many athletes from all over the world”. With these words the Greek athlete Lampros Kontos summarizes his World Winter Special Olympics experience. But now the games are over and a question that comes to mind is to what kind of reality the athletes return to. Kontos’ coach Michalis Tolias tells the AIPS: “I believe that most of the athletes will continue their previous programs. Many are still in the education and others go to laboratories where they learn a profession. Some of them will continue training at a high level, moving to other sports competitions”. To parents who have children with special needs and might be afraid to send them to sports, Tolias responds that there should not be any fear: “I suggest that they send their children to the Special Olympics programs and let them get normally included in the society through sport activities”.

About Me:

I am a journalist, who works for the Greek newspaper “Goal News” and I have studied “Communication, Media and Culture”. I covered the World Winter Special Olympics in Austria as a participant of the Young Reporters Program of the AIPS.