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.