Special Olympics play vital role

The Fiji Special Olympics Lautoka team. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji Special Olympics is preparing for next year’s world championship.

Fiji, part of the global body called Special Olympics, looks after people living with intellectual disability.

SO Fiji sports director Robin Dayal said SO and her global affiliates which included Fiji, used sports as an avenue to expose the sporting abilities of people living with intellectual disabilities and a way to make them enjoy life.

“The games will be held in Lautoka on Saturday, August 6,” Dayal said.

“There will be five sports played. They are athletics, badminton, powerlifting, table tennis which will be held at the Natabua High School grounds while swimming will be held at the Northern Club pool. Powerlifting is one of the new sports and is quite popular at the moment.”

Special athletes from Rabi, Savusavu, Labasa, Ovalau, Rewa, Nasinu, Suva, Serua, Nadroga, Nadi, Lautoka 1, Lautoka 2, Ba and Ra will be taking part.

Some of the athletes are from special and inclusive schools while others are from communities.

“We also have our former athletes who have gone to the 2015 and 2019 World Games coming back to take part. We are expecting to have about 500 athletes, coaches, officials and support staff at the games. Special Olympics have many programs which can benefit teachers, parents and students.”

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