1500 athletes with intellectual disabilities will take part in the competition from 4th to 7th October in Andorra la Vella and La Seu d’Urgell. These Special Olympics Games are the most important international event for these types of athletes.
The various leaders of the organization gathered in Barcelona on Tuesday for the presentation of these games and highlighted the exceptional nature of the participants.
For the first time, these games will be organized jointly by 2 countries. In Andorra, nearly 500 volunteers will be mobilized for the event. 900 athletes will be welcomed in Andorra la Vella, competing in 8 of the 14 total disciplines: athletics, indoor football, swimming, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, judo and handball. Basketball, cycling, hockey, tennis, boules and the program called “Young athletes” are in La Seu d’Urgell.
Like the Olympic Games, the Special Olympics take place every 4 years. This 2018 edition is the 11th since the creation. 15 nationalities will be represented. Andorran athletes will, of course, take part in the various events.
The Olympic torch will travel all over Catalonia before arriving on 3rd October in La Seu d’Urgell and the next day in the capital of Andorra where the opening ceremony will be celebrated.