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January 25, 2012
Asia Pacific Athletes Brave the Cold, Ready for the Challenge!


Over 200 Special Olympics World Games athletes from 16 Asia Pacific countries are setting their sights on PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. They are part of the 2300 athletes from over 110 countries, joined by 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators, unified in a global vision of acceptance.

From 29 January to 5 February, the Special Olympics World Winter Games will feature athletes of all ability levels competing in eight different Olympic-type sports including: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey and Floor Ball demonstration.

Non sport special events will run alongside during the Games, celebrating the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.

Official Site Competition Schedule

Sports & Competitions 

Nippon:  Japan’s Kazu Takeuchi has grown from feeling he “cannot run or succeed like others do” into a track star at the 2011 World Summer Games. His new goal is to shatter more records in Pyeongchang. Read more

Singapore: Five speed skating athletes will represent Singapore for the first time, together with a floor hockey team. Read more

Australia: Athletes are prepped with “dry land training and positive attitudes” to compete for the first time in snowsports. Video Photos

Malaysia: How two athletes are doing drills on sand to ready themselves for snowshoeing. Read more

Bharat: Tushar Das is hooking perfect drives and stops to score in floor hockey. Read more

New Zealand: Athletes are training in Pyeongchang, sending daily updates on their experience. Read more Photos

Global Development Summit

For Equality & Inclusion: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers and Senator for Queensland, Australia joins world leaders from government, business, education, economic and social development in the Global Development Summit, on Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Exclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Read more

Youth making a difference

Advocates: 79 student teams from 22 countries will gather for a Global Youth Activation Summit (GYAS), promoting social inclusion through the power of sports in their schools and communities.
Indonesia, Pakistan and Philippines will represent Asia Pacific, with Philippines’ Brina Maxino making her debut at GYAS. Read more

Special Hands

The Special Hands Project, founded and supported by World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 Organizing Committee, brings athletes and other delegates from seven developing countries to Korea.

For Papua New Guinea’s Rosa Nege, the experience will be doubly sweet, as she will carry the Flame of Hope in the Opening Ceremony. The seven countries are: Pakistan (top), Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. Read more

Meet the Final Leg Torch Bearers

More than 130 people will carry the Flame of Hope throughout Korea. At Opening Ceremony, it’s up to a few chosen athletes to bring the torch safely to its final destination.

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Personal Stories LIVE from the Games

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Sports & Competitions

Global Development Summit

Global Youth Activation Summit

Special Hands

Final Leg Torch Bearers

Important Dates & Events

Jan 29 
World Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Jan 30 
Global Development Summit
World Winter Games Competition Begins

Jan 31 
Global Youth Rally

Particpating APAC Countries

Bharat (India)
Nippon (Japan)
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea


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