International Competition

Special Olympics is a recognised partner of the International Olympic Committee which means we are part of the Olympic and Paralympic family. 

Just like the Olympics and Paralympics – every four years Special Olympics holds major World Games in both summer and winter sports.   

However, unlike Olympics and Paralympics we offer sporting opportunities and competitions all year round for ALL abilities.  

As a member of the Special Olympics global movement, Special Olympics GB is able to take part in the Special Olympics World Games. 

Past World Games

The last Special Olympics World Winter Games was held in 2017 in Austria. 

The last Special Olympics World Summer Games was held in 2019 in Abu Dhabi.  

Upcoming World Games

The next Special Olympics World Winter Games was due to held in Kazan, Russia in January 2023, however this has now been cancelled.  To read more more about these Games being cancelled, please click HERE

The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Berlin in 2023. To find out more about these Games please click HERE

We are excited to announce that the Athlete Nomination process for Berlin 2023 is now open!! Nominations will open from Monday 6th June and close on Friday 26th August 2022.

Please note that the process has been updated from previous World Games and is now via an Easy read online form. We are not able to accept postal nominations. For the forms and further guidance and information, please see links below:

Selection for International Competitions

Special Olympics GB has an open and transparent selection process for international competitions, ensuring the opportunity to take part in an international event and represent #TeamSOGB is open to all of our active, registered members.

Guidance on our selection process and criteria can be found in section 4 of our Guide to Competition