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Torch lit ahead of Special Olympics MENA Regional Games

People gathered around a torch. The torch lighting ceremony in Cairo. Image credit: Special Olympics MENA
Torch in front of ancient statue

The torch in Egypt. Image credit: Special Olympics MENA

The Special Olympics MENA Regional Games torch was lit this morning in Cairo amidst a carnival like atmosphere.  The torch is scheduled to make its way through 23 Egyptian provinces before returning to Cairo for the official start of the games.



The Games get under on December 3 in Cairo, Egypt and run until December 10.  They 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.

Laura Hale
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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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

1 Comment on Torch lit ahead of Special Olympics MENA Regional Games

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