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Torch continues journey ahead of Special Olympics MENA Regional Games

two people holding torch The torch in the Monufia Governorate. Image credit: Special Olympics MENA
People gathered in front of building with torch.

The torch in southern Egypt near the border with Sudan. Image credit: Special Olympics MENA

The torch relay for the Special Olympics MENA Regional Games is continuing its travels around Egypt ahead of the start of the games on December 3 in Cairo.

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This weekend, the torch  passed through Al-Minufya, Hala’ib and Shalateen near the Sudan, Arish in the North Sinai, Aswan, New Valley Governorate, and Port Said. There has been diversity in the people participating in the relay, with many Special Olympic athletes, their supporters, men, women, children, older people, light and dark skinned Egyptians all participating.

 

Running from December 3 to 10, the Games are being supported by a number of important dignitaries including Egyptian President Sisi, the head of the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the regional president of the Special Olympics, the Governor of Alexandria, and the Governor of South Sinai.

 

The inaugural games were first held in Cairo in  1999.  They saw  210 athletes from 13 countries participating in 4 sports. The 2010 edition of the Games were held in Damascus, Syria.   With 15 sports on the program, over 2000 athletes from 23 countries participated.  Egypt had 28 of its own athletes competing at the 1999 Games, 37 at the second edition in Rabat, Morocco, 36 at the games in Beirut, 48 at the Tunisia hosted games, and 57 at the 2006 edition hosted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Special Olympics Egypt currently has 24,787 athletes and 480 coaches.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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