On 29 January - 4 February 2022, Kazan hosts the II Special Olympics Russia Winter Invitational Games.
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 97 countries, 2,250 volunteers, 1,090 honored guests, 2,000 member families and up to 700 media representatives.

It is expected that the Official Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in the Tatneft Arena accommodating 8,700 spectators.


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.


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. The 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, test events are staged in Kazan to evaluate the host city's readiness for the upcoming international event.

Getting Ready for Games

7 April 2021, 04:38 PM
Registration is conducted online through the SO Connect system, managed by Special Olympics Inc.
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9 June 2021, 11:26 AM
General information on utilizing radio electronic facilities (REFs) during the World Games in Kazan.
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