Games in Kazan

It is expected that the Special Olympics World Winter Games Kazan 2022 will bring together around 2,917 delegates (athletes, partners, coaches, and officials) from 99 countries, 2,250 volunteers, 1,090 honored guests, 2,000 member families and up to 700 media representatives.

The Official Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held on January 22 and 28, 2022 in the Tatneft Arena accommodating 8,700 spectators.

Rules

The competitions are distinctive in a way that they are devoid of any age and nationality divisions among the participants, neither have medal standings. The main thing is the growth over one’s self. People aged 15 and older are eligible for the participation in the Games.

Based on their physical fitness, the athletes are split up into the divisions. Each of the divisions accounts for maximum eight athletes, while the podium has eight places, too.

Mission

Special Olympics creates the conditions where one can demonstrate the limitless opportunities to the entire globe and inspire others, receive recognition, score a success and gain self-confidence. Special Olympics World Games change not only participants’ lives but also spark positive changes in a society making it truly inclusive for all.

Medals will be up for grabs across seven sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floorball, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Short Track Speed Skating.
Five sports venues will play host to competitions during the Games: Burevestnik Stadium, Kazan Tennis Academy, Skiing Biathlon Complex, Sports Palace, Sviyaga Hills Skiing Complex.
In the lead-up to the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022, two test events were staged in Kazan to evaluate the host city's readiness for the upcoming international event.