It is expected that the Special Olympics World Winter Games Kazan 2023 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.