Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz yesterday, Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia and Special Olympics MENA have expressed their sorrow over his passing.
Special Olympics MENA posted a message on Facebook saying, “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, was one of the biggest supporters of people with special abilities.” They went on to say that Special Olympics MENA President Ayman Abdel-Wahab expressed the sentiment that, “more than five million athletes around the world, including 150,000 athletes in the region” and “the international Special Olympics movement have lost a great supporter of them, contributed his material and moral support to the advancement of those humanitarian movement in the various countries in the region” who provided material support to their programs which positively impacted the lives of all the programs athletes “in the region in order to increase the activities provided for the disabled intellectually, and was therefore support a clear impact in that renaissance”. He concluded by offering his condolences to those impacted by the King’s death.
sportakhbar.com reported that the Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia also offered their condolences in the death of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. They quoted Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia Chairman Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Mukairin as saying, “It was the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, God’s mercy compassionate Father athletes for their children with special needs, and he was God’s most mericiful booster for them and a man realizations, which provided the children with special needs with a fertile environment in which to find what meets their needs for the development and refinement of mathematical talents to help them to innovate and excel.” Vice Chairman Khalid bin Fahd Al-Hussein was quoted offering similar sentiments, saying, “No one will forget the unlimited support for those in all of our hearts, he was a father to everyone, without discrimination, rejoice for the joy of his children and grieved for their grief, and pleased their achievements”.