Six disciplines announced for May 2022’s Special Olympics Games in Malta

Six disciplines for the May 2022 Special Olympics Games in Malta were announced.

Almost 200 days before the opening of the Special Olympics Games in Malta, Dr Lydia Abela, the Prime Minister’s wife and President of Special Olympics met with Maltese athletes’ coaches and announced the six disciplines in which almost 1,000 athletes from more than 25 nations would participate.

Football, athletics, balls, tenpin bowling, table tennis, and swimming are the six disciplines. The games will be held at Marsa, Tal-Qroqq, and St Julians from the 13th to the 18th of May, 2022.

Every year, Special Olympics is a global organisation that supports athletes with intellectual impairments with the help of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches. Since the organization’s inception in 1968, the number of individuals with and without intellectual impairments engaged has grown, but the unmet demand to reach more people with intellectual disabilities remains astonishing.

According to Special Olympics Malta President Anna Calleja, the training provided by Maltese athletes’ coaches is properly customised to each individual’s peculiarities, which bodes well for players to not only enjoy playing but also to be among the best. The athletes are introduced to interested volunteers at the local level. That is when views begin to shift and the miracle of transformation occurs.

For children and adults with intellectual impairments, Special Olympics offers year-round sports instruction and athletic competition in a number of Olympic-style activities. These activities provide individuals with ongoing chances to improve their physical health, exhibit bravery, feel joy, and share their gifts, skills, and companionship.

Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli, Parliamentary Secretary for Sports Dr Clifton Grima, and the Hon. Oliver Scicluna were also present.