Emirates news agency – Special Olympics UAE launches first unified basketball tournament

Abu Dhabi, September 11, 2021 (WAM) – Special Olympics UAE today launched its first 3×3 basketball tournament, in collaboration with Jam Sports Academy, as part of its efforts to train and prepare athletes for Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.

The tournament kicked off today at the Zayed Higher Organization for Determined Persons in Abu Dhabi and will move to Khorfakkan on September 18 with the final stop on September 25 in Dubai.

About 100 male and female athletes and 25 coaches from different clubs and centers for determined persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the United Arab Emirates will participate in the tournament. In addition, the Clinical Directors of the Healthy Athletes Program will provide athletes with free dental check-ups throughout the tournament.

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE, said: “This tournament is a great opportunity for athletes to train together and develop their skills. We are delighted to see the enthusiasm and motivation of athletes, coaches and support staff to return to the courts and participate in games with their peers, as we take all necessary precautionary measures against COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all. We thank Jam Sports Academy for their technical and organizational support in making the tournament a success as we are witnessing today and Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination for hosting it. ”

Ahmed Sleiman, CEO of Jam Sports Academy, said: “We are very excited about this strategic partnership with Special Olympics UAE to gradually bring athletes back to regular participation in sport. Jams Sports Academy will continue to work with Special Olympics UAE on several upcoming programs to continue to develop athletes’ abilities to compete in regional and international competitions. We are delighted to see the positive and enthusiastic participation of Special Olympics UAE athletes in this basketball tournament, and we look forward to offering handball, table tennis and tennis programs soon. Jam Sports Academy is committed to supporting and offering sports activities to determined people with intellectual disabilities in order to inspire them more and empower them. ”

3×3 basketball became an Olympic discipline in 2017 and is played on a half court with three players, against five players in traditional basketball, with one substitute player for each team, in accordance with the international rules of Special Olympics. .

The Berlin 2023 World Summer Games will be hosted by Germany for the very first time and will take place from June 17-24, 2023, where thousands of determined people with intellectual disabilities will gather from around the world to participate in 26 sports and activities.

To ensure the safety of Special Olympics athletes and all parties involved, the Kazan 2022 World Winter Games have been postponed until January 2023, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the spread of the variant. Delta in many countries of the world. The 2023 World Winter Games will see 2,000 athletes and sport partners from 108 countries and 3,000 volunteers from around the world come together to emphasize the values ​​of acceptance and inclusion through sport.

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