To create a more inclusive environment for people with intellectual disabilities, the city of Chennai will welcome hundreds of athletes, coaches and spectators to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the Special Olympics International Football Championship, starting in the first week of August 2019.
Chennai is geared up to host the first-ever Special Olympics International Football Championship 2019 from August 3-6. Meet the determined minds in the vibrant city of Chennai as hundreds of inspiring Special Olympics athletes from 2o-plus countries will arrive in India to participate in the most inclusive games ever held.
Like other countries, India also shares Special Olympics’ mission of promoting inclusion and respect for those with intellectual disabilities – now officially known as People of Determination. Through sports, Special Olympics brings fulfillment and joy to athletes’ and expands society’s understanding of human talents and potential.
The theme of the Special Olympics International Football Championship was, ‘Revolution is Inclusion. Join the Revolution’.
The logo reveal event was organized by Evoke Media took place at Hyatt Regency, Chennai. Special Olympics International Chairman Dr. Amar Prasad welcomed the announcement.
He said: "We are delighted that India has been honored with the privilege of hosting the Special Olympics Football Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai in the first week of June 2019.”
"As the Chairman of the Special Olympics, India is proud to be affiliated with this event, which celebrates the excellent work of the Special Olympics in transforming lives through the joy of sport while striving to end discrimination.”
The programme was also graced by Dr.M.S. (John) Nagarajan Ph.D., Senior Sports Manager, Special Olympics Asia Pacific. Mr. Charles Borromeo, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardee, 1982 –Asian Games 800mts Gold Medallist. Key note address was delivered by Mr.Lion R. Suresh, Governor, Lion Mr Sivakumar, VDGI and Lion Mr Rajapandiyan, VDG2, Lions Club International Dist. 324 A6.
Footballers from 20 plus countries across the globe, coaches and officials will descend on the city of Chennai to compete.
The Games will begin with an Opening Ceremony on Saturday, 3rd, August with the competition beginning the following day. The event will run from 3rd to 6th, concluding with a Closing Ceremony on 6th August Tuesday.
The Special Olympics global movement was set up in 1968 by President JFK’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, while Special Olympics in the Asian Pacific region are expanding rapidly with over 1.6 million athletes in 34 countries.
With football being the Olympics’ most popular sport, the Football Championship will have a lasting impact on the lives of People of Determination throughout the nation. Through demonstrating the value of social inclusion and providing a winning model in India, Special Olympics has the potential to instigate change in countries across the region.