The Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin are taking place at locations all around the city. The main venues are in the Olympiapark and at Messe Berlin. The Schwimm- und Sprunghalle in the Europasportpark (SSE), the Berlin-Grünau regatta course, Bowling World, the Wannsee and Bad Saarow are also going to be used. The City Cluster, which includes the Neptunbrunnen, the Straße des 17. Juni and BeachMitte, will also provide important locations.
The Special Olympics World Games will commence with training behind closed doors. Then, depending on the sport, the first competitive events with classifications will start on Saturday, 16 June. In the first place, this phase is intended to check which athletes are on the same level. They will then compete against each other in the group phase. The Games will then end with the final competitions and the award ceremonies. A more precise overview with the venues can be found in the initial schedule of the Games.
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A highly varied program will be provided throughout the World Games (17 to 25 June 2023). In addition to sport, culture hasn’t been forgotten. We’ve summarised the 5 highlights of the cultural program.
The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, one of John F. Kennedy’s sisters, who spent her whole life in the struggle for more rights and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities.