Get ready for athleticism, great competition, and a true celebration when the Special Olympics National Games begin in Cyprus on May 5th. The weeklong competition brings together top Special Olympics athletes from around the country for special events and competitions and is the highlight of the year and many participants and volunteers.

The National Games Begin in Lamaca

The National Games are an annual event that moves throughout locations around the country. This year’s games will take place in the beautiful beach city of Larnaca and take advantage of the gorgeous views, great residents, and beautiful beach setting.

The games kick off with an opening ceremony on May 7th at the Square Europe in Larnaca and will feature music from top local musicians, as well as a speech from the mayor of Larnaca, Andreas Vyras, and a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the athletes.

opening ceremony for special olympics cyprus

Regional Competitions

Special Olympics National Games happens every year in countries around the world and give each nation a chance to highlight its best athletes. Champions from the National Games and other regional competitions can then go and compete in the Special Olympics World Games, which are held every two years.

The Special Olympics National Games are a celebration of the human spirit and use the slogan “Together with the power of our soul” to represent bringing together athletes from around the country and showcasing that although the athletes have mental disabilities, they are still entitled to an equal treatment in society at large.

The Special Olympics gives them the chance to train and compete at a high level. This year’s national games will feature more than 450 athletes from 34 special schools and clubs around Cyprus. Over the course of the week, events will take place in track and field, cycling, swimming, MATP, and a consolidated workshop floor ball involving political refugees.

Athletes of All Ages and Abilities Compete

Swiming at the National Games

For many athletes, this is the moment they’ve been training and waiting for all year. Athletes of all ages and abilities can compete and are placed in the correct sport and level to match their skills and abilities.

Alvexo is a gold sponsor of the Special Olympics Cyrpus and will be there in person, with representatives from the company’s Cyprus offices, and in spirit with employees from around the world cheering the athletes on via billboards. Alvexo employees look forward to participating in the event each year.

Special Olympics is a global organization that works with hundreds of thousands of coaches and volunteers each year while serving athletes with intellectual disabilities. Athletes can train and compete year round with the support of their coaches and family members to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, build friendships, and enjoy the happiness of sharing in sports.

Special Olympics Cyprus

National Games - Special Olympics Cyprus

Special Olympics has been active in Cyprus for more than 20 years and has nearly 2,000 athletes, coaches, and volunteers who assist and participate in programs throughout the year. Aside from the typical sporting events in 14 different sports, Special Olympics Cyprus also runs development programs like athlete leadership, Young Athletes, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Special Olympics National Games are a great event that will bring together the people of Cyprus as they cheer for the hard work and determination of some awe-inspiring athletes. With similar events and celebrations happening in other countries around the world, Special Olympics really is bringing people together with the power of their souls.

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