Everything you need to know about the Special Olympics opening ceremony

Details for the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 have been announced.

A total of 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the event at Zayed Sports City on 14th March and millions of viewers from around the world will tune in to watch the sports spectacle.

The opening ceremony will see 7,500 athletes from more than 190 nations walk into the arena as part of the athletic parade and the Law Enforcement Torch Run where the cauldron will be lit to symbolise the beginning of the games.

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Khalfan Al Mazrouei, managing director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “The Opening Ceremony of the World Games will encapsulate the spirit, drive and passion of the athletes as they prepare to take part in the largest sporting event ever held for sportsmen and women with intellectual disabilities.

“The ceremony will act as a dynamic and awe-inspiring display of hope, happiness, unity and inclusiveness that will project the shared message of Special Olympics, the World Games and the UAE – that people of determination are an equal and essential part of our families, our schools, our workplaces and our communities.

“Through this ceremony, we will come together and show the world that intellectual disability is no barrier to achievement.”

The ceremony will be broadcast live from Zayed Sports City by ESPN and Abu Dhabi TV for viewers in the UAE and around the world to tune in.

For more information, visit: abudhabi2019.org

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