03 Jun 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia has confirmed its participation in the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles, United States of America (USA) from 25 July to 02 August 2015.
A media statement issued by Special Olympics Namibia Chairperson Hanna Garises on Wednesday stated that the Namibian team will be represented by a male basketball, a female sprinter and a male marathon runner.
Garises said the initial team included a football team but it had to be dropped due to a lack of money to cater for the entire contingent.
She was nevertheless confident that the chosen athletes will do Namibia proud in Los Angeles.
Special Olympics Namibia had participated in previous Special Olympics World Summer Games in the US state of North Carolina in 1999, Ireland (2003), Shanghai (2007) and in Athens during 2011.
Garises said that despite financial challenges, preparations for the games are going well and with two months still to go, she is confident that all athletes will be in top form for their departure to the USA.
Every four years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to demonstrate their athletics skills and their unique ability. This is the foundation for the spirit of the Special Olympics, she said.
Alternating between Summer Games and Winter Games, the Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that exclude them from mainstream athletics.
With 7 000 athletes and 3 000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30 000 volunteers and an anticipated 500 000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, she explained.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region.
Special Olympics Namibia Board member, Sydney Goagoseb will head the delegation.