Svenska Parasportförbundet och Paralympiska Kommitté

Flag of Special Olympics World Games handed over to Sweden


The countdown to the World Winter Games has started. In front of millions of TV viewers and thousands of spectators the hostning of World Games was handed over from United Arab Emirates to Sweden.

Six days of joy, inclusion and sports came to an end at Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday evening.

During the closing ceremony of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, hostning of the Games was handed over to Sweden, who will arrange the Winter Games in 2021.
Millions of TV viewers and thousands of spectators watched the excited Swedish team enter the stage and dance together with the Swedish mascot Speci-Lo.
After the dance and a short film, showing snow-covered mountains and a wide range of snow, ice and indoor sports, the Special Olympics flag were handed over. Athletes from the United Arab Emirates and Swedish athletes Josefine Busk, swimming, and Jimmy Andersson, equestrian, took part in the ceremony.
”I’m delighted to welcome you all to our snowy – winter wonderland ”, said Johan Strid, national director for Special Olympics Sweden, in his speech.
"We will drive inclusion to a new level for Special Olympics in the world. In February 2021 – Sweden will come together and welcome the thousands of athletes from around the world for the Special Olympics World Winter Games", he continued.
Earlier that day, at the closing press conference, Timothy Shriver, the chief executive of the games, said he was looking forward to the Winter Games in Sweden.
”In just 24 short months, the world will be back together again,” he said.
Special Olympics World Winter Games Sweden is the world’s biggest humanitarian sporting event in 2021. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators will participate in the Games that are held in Åre and Östersund.

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Svenska Parasportförbundet och Sveriges Paralympiska Kommitté är ett av 71 Specialidrottsförbund (SF) inom Riksidrottsförbundet (RF) och administrerar idrott för personer med rörelsehinder, synskador och utvecklingsstörning inom 15 idrotter.

Vi har ca 37 000 medlemmar organiserade i ca 500 föreningar.

Parasportförbundet innehar även rollen som Sveriges Paralympiska Kommitté med ansvar för den paralympiska idrotten, som även inkluderar idrott organiserad inom ett antal andra SF.

Vi leder också arbetet med Special Olympics Sweden, som är bredd- och motionsidrott för personer med utvecklingsstörning.

Notering: Paralympics är Parasportens motsvarighet till de Olympiska Spelen.

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