Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022 presented at the Sport Forum Live in Moscow


On April 29-30, ANO “Directorate for Sports and Social Projects” is presenting the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2022 within the framework of the Sport Forum Live business event in Moscow.

On the sidelines of the forum, there is an open interactive stand dedicated to the Games. It was visited by such guests as the Special Olympics athletes: Ksenia Biakhova (snowshoeing, athletics); Natalia Boeshko (volleyball, kayaking), Vlad Kusakin (snowshoeing, judo); Aleksey Ilyin (snowshoeing, powerlifting, swimming). They shared with the forum participants the way the preparations for the Games are going and invited them to come to Kazan for the Games next January.

The “Sport and Society. Social effects of sports projects” roundtable was conducted as part of the Forum conference program and organized by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. It was attended by the Ambassador of the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Kazan, editor-in-chief of Vogue Russia Ksenia Solovieva, Director General of Special Olympics Russia Egor Lebedev, and Deputy Director General of the ANO “Directorate for Sports and Social Projects” Mikhail Leonov. One more member of the Games Ambassadors’ team is a Russian skier, Olympic marathon champion, and silver medal winner of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Aleksandr Legkov is among the Forum speakers with his speech scheduled for April 30.

“Sport Forum Live” Forum is held under the auspices of the “Russia – Country of Sports” International Sports Forum. It has brought together the experts and specialists in the field of sport, representatives of federal and regional authorities to discuss the Strategy for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation until 2030 in a skillful way. The event attendees will address the urgent questions in the field of sport, including the development of youth and children’s sport, advancement of the sports industry, construction of accessible sports venues, digital transformation of physical culture and sport, and many others.

Special Olympics World Winter Games will take place in Kazan on January 22-28, 2022. Games sports program will comprise competitions in seven sports: alpine skiing, snowboarding, floorball, cross country skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating, and snowshoeing. The event will bring together over 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and Unified Partners from 102 countries.

About Special Olympics

Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a global movement to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. We foster acceptance of all people through the power of sport and programming in education, health, and leadership. With more than six million athletes and Unified Sports partners in over 190 countries and territories and more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers more than 30 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions every year.

The Special Olympics World Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, and are broadcast worldwide by ESPN, the Special Olympic Movement's official television and radio broadcasting partner. The previous World Winter Games were held in 2017 in Austria.

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About Special Olympics Russia

Special Olympics Russia was founded in 1999 and is one of the largest national programs in the global Special Olympics movement. In Russia, around 130,000 people with intellectual disabilities are involved in physical education and about 5,000 physical culture events of the municipal, regional, and all-Russian levels are held annually under the Special Olympics Russia program. Currently, there are Special Olympics regional offices in 62 regions of Russia. Russian athletes with intellectual disabilities take part in international tournaments annually in the Special Olympics Russia program with athletes occupying various leadership positions.

Special Olympics provides sports training throughout the year in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Training of future Special Olympics participants has already started around Russia. Russian athletes with intellectual disabilities can join a team in their region on the website: