Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: March 14, 2019 – March 21, 2019

The Special Olympics organization is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with any intellectual disability. This organization has 4.4 million athletes in 170 different countries around the globe. For over 40 years this organization has been spreading the message that people with intellectual disabilities can succeed if given a chance on a proper platform. The organization conducts the Special Olympics World Games, held every two years alternating between summer and winter.

The first international Special Olympics were held at soldier field in Chicago in 1968. In this one day event, about 1500 athletes from Canada and the USA participated. The US Olympics Committee gave them official approval to use the name “Olympics” in 1971.

winter olympic sportsThe Special Olympics offers more than 32 sports which include both Olympic-type Individual and team sports. Sports availability depends on the season and venue of the Olympics.

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Figure Skating
  • Floor Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Power lifting
  • Sailing
  • Short-track Speed skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

The next Special Olympics World Games

  • Special Olympics World Winter Games: Graz and Schladming, Austria March 14–24, 2017.
  • 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games: ?