Special Olympics held in Bfn

2018-01-24 06:02

Special Olympics South Africa (Sosa), a sport body catering for athletes with intellectual disabilities, will host the 2018 Summer Special Olympics Free State Games in Bloemfontein.

The games are scheduled to take place on Saturday (27/01) at a venue yet to be announced.

The action-packed event will make provision for football, athletics (track and field), table tennis, swimming and bocce.

Tintswalo Matobela, Sosa provincial coordinator, says male and female athletes (16 years and older) will compete in the respective sporting codes.

Matobela says the chief objective is to select the best performers for the Free State team that will compete at this year’s national games.

She says about 320 athletes from four Free State regions (80 from each region) is expected to descend on Bloemfontein to participate in the games. The regions are: Mangaung, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Lejweleputswa and Fezile Dabi.

Matobela says the Xhariep Region has not been included.

“There is no school with intellectual disabilities and thus (this region) will not be taking part,” she says, adding that the provincial structure has taken steps to include the Xhariep Region in future games.

“The games on Saturday will culminate in the selection of a provincial team with each sporting code listed in the programme represented.

“The selected team will represent the Free State at this year’s Special Olympics South African National Games in Polokwane, Limpopo, during April this year.”

Matobela says the best-performing athletes at this year’s national games in Limpopo will be selected for the South Africa team to represent the country at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

  • Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5,7 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.

The organisation is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

Presently in South Africa the body reportedly has more than 45 000 talented athletes trained in 18 competitive sports.

www.sosouthafrica.org.za

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