World Games officially opened

15th March 2019

On the 14th March, Abu Dhabi launched the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, with athletes, coaches, family, friends and celebrities all in attendance.

With a star studded event, the audience was warmed up with traditional dances and a military fly over, followed by the 190+ delegations making their entrance into Zayed Sports City Stadium. With speeches from founder Eunice Kennedy-Shriver's son  and Global President Timothy Shriver, athletes and senior Emirate leaders moving the audience to tears, the show ended with the Special Olympics anthem sung by Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jassmi, Tamer Hosny & Assala Nasri.

Keep tuned for the next 6 days of competition, friendship & determination!

Click here to watch the #TeamSOGB entrance for the Opening Ceremony!!!

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