Kuwait Special Olympics 2023: A year of achievements and resilience

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His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah with the Kuwaiti Special Olympics delegation.

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 28 (KUNA): In 2023, Kuwait’s Special Olympics experienced a dynamic year filled with diverse activities and competitions, marking a resurgence after the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The year kicked off with athletic competitions for intellectually challenged athletes, introducing the GMS system for the first time, a globally adopted method for managing and categorizing athletes and results.

In March, the third local Bocce Championship unfolded at Kazma Sporting Club, featuring 100 competitors from 21 bodies. A significant highlight was the Special Olympics World Summer Games hosted in Berlin last June, attracting participation from 190 countries and 7,000 athletes. The Kuwaiti team excelled with seven gold medals, 10 silver, and four bronze, receiving recognition from His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

In efforts to enhance the integration of people with disabilities, a Sports Health Day in collaboration with the American Army was organized. The year concluded with the inaugural walking and running race for individuals with intellectual disabilities on December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Coordinated with Al-Tomouh Club, the race saw the participation of around 130 individuals.

Rehab Buresli, Chief of the Special Olympics, expressed joy and pride in the developments in the field, commending the efforts in organizing various activities. She also lauded Al-Tomouh Club’s contributions and affirmed the commitment to working diligently and elevating achievements to the next level.

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