The 10th Special Olympics Games takes place at the declared Sports Village of the event, which is located in the Felix Varela School of Bayamo, where the competitors are staying.
Until next November 17 the 73 participating athletes compete in athletics, football, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and weightlifting, under the slogan: “I want to win, but if I can not win, I want to be brave in the attempt”.
According to organizers of the event, the goal is to achieve mass participation and more than winning it is promoted to improve health and develop interpersonal relationships.
Besides the competitions in the different sports, the event offers cultural and recreational spaces, while the closing is scheduled for next Friday afternoon.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than three million athletes in more than 175 countries in all regions of the world.
These events provide handicapped people and with intellectual disabilities with opportunities to reach their potential, improve their physical condition, demonstrate courage and to have joy.