Four Omani athletes to take part in Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017

Four Omani athletes to take part in Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017
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Photo: Muscat Daily
Photo: Muscat Daily

Four Omani athletes will compete at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 in Austria from March 14 to 25. They will join 2,700 athletes representing 107 countries competing in nine disciplines.

The sultanate will also be represented in the Special Olympics Global Youth Leaders’ Summit by Safwat al Kharousi and Faisal al Harassi.  The two will be presenting their art project, ‘No Forward Backward’.

The six-day summit will explore the theme ‘Social Impact for a Unified Generation’ and will bring together young people with and without intellectual disabilities from 18 countries to learn, network and share best practices.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, H H Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said, president of Special Olympics Oman, said, “These athletes have been working tirelessly to represent their country in this global event. Beyond medals, their participation shines a light on the immense capabilities people with intellectual disabilities possess. They are an inspiration to all those who have supported and coached them and to those who will be cheering for them in Austria and Oman.”

Oman will be represented in the Special Olympics Winter Games by Khaled al Farsi (20) Raya al Husaini (27), Shatha al Husaini (22) and Abdulrahman al Ruqadi (17). They will be competing in the Snowshoeing race in 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay mix. Each athlete in this ‘dream team’ was selected for his/her perseverance, skill and passion.

“Research shows that sand resistance is higher than snow, therefore our athletes have been preparing for the Snowshoeing race by training in the desert and on the beach which in turn has helped build their abilities and skills,” said Sayyid Faisal.

He also underscored the important role families, supervisors, and partners as well as the public and private sectors play. “We would not be able to advocate and raise awareness about the potential of people with intellectual disabilities without their help. It is only by working together, in the same spirit of the Special Olympics, that we can improve their way of life and integrate them into society.”

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