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Special Olympics to host Games on the coast

Special Olympics Namibia (SON) has announced that it will host the Special Olympics Namibia National Games in the Erongo region.

The competition will be held from May 31 to June 1 at Vineta Stadium.

The national games, held every two years, provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to showcase their talents and test their skills against their peers. The event promises fierce and exciting competition for spectators.

Athletes will compete in two sporting codes: athletics and football.

Participants from five regions of Special Olympics Namibia chapters are expected to converge on Swakopmund, with the aim of achieving personal bests. Regions represented will include Zambezi, Kavango East, Khomas, Oshana and the host region, Erongo. SON expects 144 athletes and unified partners to participate.

“This event provides additional competition experience for our athletes ahead of the 2026 National Games, where they will be selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, scheduled for 2027 in Santiago, Chile,” SON said in a statement.

Unified partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities from schools or community teams) will also have the opportunity to compete alongside Special Olympics athletes on Unified Sports Teams, encouraging inclusion and teamwork.

SON expressed its gratitude to its sponsors, stating: “Our title sponsor for the event is Disability Sport Namibia, through the NamPower Foundation.
We also have many local businesses that support us in a variety of ways, from offering discounts to donating items or funds. To everyone who offered their expertise and services, we value it. A list of sponsors will be posted closer to the event.”

The event is not only an important milestone for athletes, but also a celebration of community inclusivity and support, making it a highly anticipated occasion in Swakopmund.

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