Nigeria To Send 12 Athletes To 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Special Olympics Nigeria athletes will participate at the next edition of the Special Olympics world winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, billed to take place between January 29 and February 5, 2013, with athletes competing in eight Olympic-type sport-Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey and Floor Ball demonstration.

According to the National Director, Special Olympics Nigeria, Mrs Folashade Bolumole, “this will be the first time Nigeria will be participating in Special Olympics World Winter Games. Nigeria has in the past participated in three World Summer Games and this is something that we are looking forward to with great expectation from the team.”

She added that the Nigerian team for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games was chosen during the Lagos State Special Olympics Nigeria State Competition held at the University of Lagos Sport Complex from June 4 to June 5, 2012.

The Special Olympics Nigeria Team of 12 athletes will be joining nearly 3,300 fellow athletes and teams from over 120 countries around the world in PyeongChang, Korea, in January to compete in an atmosphere of acceptance and dignity, showing how they, through sports bring justice, build acceptance, foster inclusion and change the world.

Acknowledging the financial implication of participation at the games, Mrs Bolumole expressed gratitude to the Lagos State government for their support so far whilst appealing to corporate organisations to partner with Special Olympics Nigeria as it seeks to represent the country at the Games.

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, politics, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the largest sporting and humanitarian event on the planet – The Special Olympics World Games. At these Games, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics.  Alternating between Summer Games and Winter Games, Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that exclude them from the mainstream of the community.