HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), praised the country’s Rulers for their overwhelming support for the ongoing Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
HH Sheikh Nahyan thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“As the host nation, we want to give our best to make this event a special sporting spectacle, and we didn’t leave any stones unturned to make this Special Olympics a great success,” HH Sheikh Nahyan said.
“When this event comes to a close, I wish all those athletes who participated across various sporting disciplines, the delegates, officials, coaches and all those who rallied in support, will have a lasting memory of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.”
The Special Olympics World Games was inaugurated with a gala opening ceremony last Thursday and will conclude with a spectacular closing ceremony on March 21.
The week-long event is the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world, and drew more than 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries to participate in 24 officially-sanctioned Olympic-style sports.
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi is the first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa, and will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement.