Friday, February 4, 2011

2011 Special Olympics to be Held in Athens

This summer, Athens will once again host the Olympic Games - this time, the Special Olympics World Summer Games. In June and July, over 7,000 athletes from all over the world will convene in Athens to compete in the games at various venues throughout the Athens area. The Special Olympics provides a forum for athletes with intellectual disabilities to participate in a wide range of sports, including, among many others, aquatics, basketball, golf, judo, tennis, and softball.

The opening ceremonies for the 2011 Special Olympic Games will be held in the Panathenaic Stadium, more colloquially known as the Kallimarmaro. Greek choreographer Fokas Evangelinos devised the concept for the opening and closing ceremonies and is spearheading the creative elements of the ceremonies. Evangelinos' concept for the ceremonies is the well-known story of Odysseus and his courageous journeys - a rather fitting concept since it mirrors the courageous journeys of the intrepid athletes that will be competing in the games.

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