1500 athletes participate in Special Olympics games in Deir Attiyeh

Damascus Countryside, SANA – A wide range of games have been played within the competitions of the 2nd local session of the Special Olympics held in the private al-Qalamoun University in Deir Attiyeh in Damascus Countryside.

Those covered a variety of track and field events, including races, long jump, and shot put, in addition to handball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, weightlifting, swimming, bowling, badminton, Judo, football, bocce, gymnastics, beach ball.

Participants, who amounted to 1500 athletes from various provinces, are classified according to the level of their disability.

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The competitions, which started on Friday following the opening ceremony a day before, were co-organized by Syria’s Special Olympics, the General Sports Federation, al-Qalamoun University and Deir Attiyeh Village for People with Special Needs.

The Federation’s Chairman Muwafaq Jum’a expressed his pride in Syria’s Special Olympics teams, making special reference to the champions who made achievements and earned medals in international competitions and events in recent years.

The latest among those achievements was at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 where the Syrian team won 17 medals.

Haifa Said

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