Austria to host Special Olympics and many children and adults are preparing for the big event to be held March 14 to 24. The Special Olympics organization is the largest sports organization in the world for anyone suffering from any intellectual disability. The huge organization is located in 170 different countries and has more than 4.4 million athletes. The organization has been sending a message, for more than 40 years, that people with intellectual disabilities can succeed if given the opportunity on a proper platform.
Games are Held Every Two Years
The Special Olympics take place held every two years alternating between summer and winter. The games offer more than 32 competitive events. These include the Olympic-type Individual and team sports. Depending on the season these events include a variety of skiing events as well as aquatic competition. Track and field competition is also popular as well as team sports such as badminton and basketball. There are also cycling events and equestrian sports. Contestants can also participate in figure skating and sailing activities.
The first international Special Olympics were held in Chicago in 1968. It was a one day event with about 1500 athletes from Canada and the USA participating. In 1971 the US Olympics Committee gave them official approval to use the name “Olympics.”
This year the events will be held in Graz and Schladming, Austria. Participants will compete from March 14-24.