Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; March 16, 2019: Saudi Arabia Special Olympics athletes continued to win across multiple events during the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday.
Saudi Arabian Special Olympics athlete Hassan Alhadhariti, 23, showed true strength at the powerlifting competition. He took home gold in combined squat, bench press and deadlift; gold in squat; gold in deadlift; and silver in bench press. His Saudi Arabian teammate, Nasser Aldawsari, 22, achieved bronze in squat.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabia Special Olympics men’s unified basketball team won against Finland 31 to 13.
Competing in Dubai, Ali Alqahtani, 30, achieved a bronze in the 50m freestyle swimming competition.
Hassan Alhadhariti said: “Powerlifting has taught me a lot about discipline and control. Now, winning these medals for the Kingdom has made me feel very proud.”
As the largest team ever to represent Saudi Arabia at Special Olympics World Games, 50 athletes – 21 female and 29 male – will participate across 10 sports throughout the event, including basketball, bocce, athletics, powerlifting, roller skating, swimming, triathlon, table tennis, bowling and unified sports. They were accompanied by a delegation including representatives from Special Olympics Saudi Arabia Federation (SOSAF), coaches, and healthcare professionals, as well as their family and more than 200 volunteers from Saudi Arabia. Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will see more than 7,500 athletes from 192 nations compete in 24 sports from March 14-21.
Following the World Games 2019, Saudi Arabia Special Olympics Federation will continue to support Special Olympics athletes through a comprehensive ecosystem of programs, including athletics and physical activity coaching, healthcare, and more.
Special Olympics Saudi Arabia aims to recognise the athletic capability of all members of Saudi society, providing a platform of enablement and support for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It is responsible for bringing the entire universe of Special Olympics to Saudi Arabia, including sports participation, equity, healthcare, social inclusion, and more, with the ambition of creating a stronger future for the Kingdom in which all members can proudly participate. Engage with Special Olympics Saudi Arabia team on Twitter and Instagram: @SaudiArabiaSO.