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Special Olympics Germany National Games: A Taste of #Berlin2023


two people standing with their arms high in the air. Both holding a torch, situated in the middle of them.

The arrival of the flame on the Opening Ceremony of the Particular Olympics Germany Nationwide Video games 2022. Picture credit score: SOWG/Anna Spindelndreier.

Picture by Anna Spindelndreier

This summer time, Particular Olympics Germany gave us all a style of what’s to return at World Video games Berlin 2023. Held in June, the Particular Olympics Germany Nationwide Video games 2022 have been the second worldwide Particular Olympics occasion within the Europe Eurasia area because the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 13 worldwide delegations touring to Berlin, the Nationwide Video games have been a possibility to compete, socialize and put together for subsequent summer time’s World Video games.

From 19 to 24 June 2022, 4,000 athletes and Unified companions from throughout Germany and past competed in 20 totally different sports activities disciplines various from essentially the most established ones like athletics, soccer, and basketball to these nonetheless in improvement equivalent to judo and triathlon. The sheer enthusiasm and willpower of the athletes crammed the quite a few venues throughout the town and introduced a breath of recent air and inclusion all through Berlin throughout sporting occasions in addition to cultural ones.

An array of cultural actions have been supplied alongside the sports activities competitions to German and worldwide athletes to assist them perceive and benefit from the native customs and traditions. Most appreciated of all was, no doubt, the Athlete Disco Evening the place athletes danced the evening away at some of the emblematic spots within the metropolis, the Brandenburg Gate!

A group of people in front of a stage. Four looking toward the camera, dancing.

Athletes, employees and volunteers having the time of their lives on the Athlete Disco Evening. Within the foreground: Sargent Shriver Worldwide World Messenger, Nyasha Derera. Picture credit score: SOWG/Sarah Rauch.

Picture by Sarah Rauch/Sarah Rauch

Moreover, nearly 3,000 free well being screenings have been supplied to all athletes and Unified companions who confirmed up on the Wholesome Athletes stands. From eyecare to listening to, and from psychological well being to bodily remedy and dentistry, the Video games took nice care of all Particular Olympics athletes current.

The Nationwide Video games weren’t the one worldwide occasion in Berlin throughout that week! On the essential venue, the Berlin Olympiapark, the Particular Olympics Europe Eurasia Regional Youth Management Summit occurred and welcomed athlete leaders from Germany, Albania, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tȕrkiye, and Ukraine. The Summit supplied our athlete leaders an opportunity to come across different cultures and develop initiatives to additional the Particular Olympics motion of their respective international locations. The group additionally shared good moments collectively and shaped bonds past borders that can absolutely final sooner or later.

a young boy and a young girl, smiling, standing in front of a camera, holding their name tags.

(left to proper) Particular Olympics Ukraine Athlete Chief, Ihor Duka, and his mentor, Yulia Kornylo, on the Regional Youth Management Summit in Berlin.

Picture by ANDRE WEISS

It was most necessary for Yulia and Ihor to be current on the Youth Management Summit in Berlin. The Athlete Mentor and Chief from Particular Olympics Ukraine confronted a harmful journey to be on the Summit. “My father protects us in East Ukraine, and I do know it’s laborious for him. I’m now right here [in Berlin], and I’m certain I’ll be protected for a number of days,” commented Ihor, Athlete Chief. “Once I get again, I’ll positively name to inform him what a good time we had. I favored writing initiatives and budgeting and I wish to begin a mission within the Ukraine.”

“It was necessary for Ukraine to attend this occasion so that everybody might be taught that additionally younger individuals with mental disabilities have an opportunity for the longer term,” added mentor Yulia Kornylo.

The Particular Olympics Germany Nationwide Video games 2022 resulted in a powerful success by way of athlete enjoyment, high quality of the sports activities competitions, cultural and well being alternatives, and within the media sphere. If they’re of any indication, it’s protected to say we predict nice issues from the World Video games Berlin 2023.

“The 2022 Particular Olympics Germany Nationwide Video games served as a robust instance of the resilience of the athletes of Particular Olympics and the motion they proudly signify.”

David Evangelista, President and Managing Director of Particular Olympics Europe Eurasia

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