Special Olympics athletes getting ready for their training with the guidance of their lead coach, Carlon Zedkaia.
Three athletes who have intellectual disabilities were given a chance to compete at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 at Abu Dhabi. This is another milestone for RMI as this is the first time RMI will compete in the said international event. John Capelle, Joseph Howe and Gossina Anien are training to compete in 3 different events namely: Long Jump, 100-meter run and Shot Put with Coach Carlon Zedkaia.
Special Olympics Marshall Islands Executive Board treat the opportunity as a way of showing how competitive RMI athletes are. RMI finally became an official member of Special Olympics on August 31, 2018. Siosiua Nikua, one of the Executive members of S.O. RMI, acknowledged that this is an interesting event for they are not competing with the elite athletes but with athletes who has the same potential in sports.
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and a global movement which focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of Sports. It supports over 5 million athletes, 1 million coaches and volunteers, more than 100,000 competitions each year, and 32 Olympic-type sports through programs in more than 170 countries.