Yesterday, Olimpiadas Especiales Costa Rica’s Juegos Nacionales Olimpiadas Especiales 2014 finished after three days of competition in Alajuela that involved more than 1,450 athletes, 400 coaches and 200 volunteers from 23 different regions. On the last day of competition, Costa Rica’s 2nd Vice President Ana Helena Chacón attended the events in support of athletes. Participants are expected to depart today with their regional delegations.
Special Olympians participated in nineteen different sports in an event that officially kicked off on Monday. The sports included baseball, athletics, basketball, futsal, soccer, cycling, swimming, table tennis, tennis, lawn bowls, and powerlifting. Athletes were given medals for their victories. While the humid and at times rainy, the weather did not appear to interfere too much with sport on offer.
The event was part of the twenty-fifth birthday celebration for Special Olympics in the country. Athletes with other disabilities took part in the event, including wheelchair users and people with amputations. A number of members of the local media covered the event, and interviewed participants, volunteers and organizers.