Asia Pacific

With over 1.1 million athletes in 27 countries, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area of the world in terms of athletes and competitions.

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Stories from Asia Pacific


October 31, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

New Global Ambassador is Footballer Nakata

By Christy White

Special Olympics announced today that Hidetoshi Nakata, a Japanese football legend who is considered one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement's latest addition to the Global Ambassadors.View Story Special Olympics announced today that Hidetoshi Nakata, a Japanese football legend who is considered one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation, now joins the Special Olympics family as the movement's latest addition to the Global Ambassadors. Hidetoshi Nakata will support Special Olympics' efforts in promoting acceptance, inclusion and respect for people with intellectual disabilities by promoting participation and inclusion in Special Olympics Unified Sports®, and attending the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. A strong supporter for some time, Nakata specially designed a series of UNIQLO t-shirts for a fundraiser for Special Olympics Nippon, attended the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, Australia and most recently, supported a Special Olympics regional fundraising event in Taipei in April 2014.

About Christy White:I am the director of global media and public relations for Special Olympics
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October 27, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

Believing In My Dreams

By Haseeb Abbasi

At National Games 2014 Karachi

Special Olympics Pakistan has broken the most difficult barrier of my life, my voice. Being autistic, verbal language was tough. My confidence to speak has improved tremendously since day one.View Story Hello, my name is Muhammad Haseeb Abbasi.I am sixteen years of age. I’m a proud Special Olympics Pakistan athlete. I recently went to Karachi to participate in Special Olympics Pakistan National Games 2014-2015. I took part in 10 km cycling competition and won a silver medal. To me winning or losing means you are still at the TOP, which is what Special Olympics, is all about. There is nothing to lose here. Special Olympics Pakistan has broken the most difficult barrier of my life was my voice. Being autistic, verbal language was tough. It was difficult for me to speak up for myself. My confidence to speak has improved tremendously since day one when my Coach Arshad Javaid believed in me and provided me with an opportunity on the stage with a microphone to introduce myself with fellow athletes of Special Olympics Pakistan. The biggest reward of my life from Special Olympics is that they have given me voice and I cannot imagine my life without Special Olympics Pakistan.

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October 22, 2014 | SOI: Region Asia Pacific

Special Olympics Papua New Guinea celebrates EKS Day

By Sophia Tuna

About 10 new families and 15 new athletes joined Special Olympics Papua New Guinea on Saturday 18th October at Vabukori Village,outside Port Moresby, to celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.View Story About 10 new families and 15 new athletes joined Special Olympics Papua New Guinea on Saturday 18th October at Vabukori Village,outside Port Moresby, to celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. Activities organised for the days celebrations included fun games, singing and dancing and introduction and meeting the new familie. A family support network program was also conducted by Cutie and Bennie Moi. Vabukori Village is a traditional motuan village situated in the outskirts of Port Moresby played host to over 150 people who participated in EKS Day. The United Church Pastor and Councillor from the village were excited to meet everyone and invited Special Olympics Papua New Guinea to organise more activities as such in their village. President of Special Olympics Papua New Guinea Takale Tuna was encouraged by the effort put in by volunteers who organised the EKS Day celebration. He also thanked Special Olympics Papua New Guinea sponsors, Digicel PNG limited, Paradise Foods Limited and PNG Sports Foundation for the support and especially thank the people of Vabukori Village for their support.

About Sophia Tuna:I am employed by the PNG Sports Foundation as the National Program Coordinator for Sport Ability and I am A VOLUNTEER secretary for Special Olympics Papua New Guinea. I organise all the events and activities for Special Olympics Papua New Guinea and i love getting doing that.
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October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Pakistan

My experience as an Athlete Leader

By Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan

Me giving an PowerPoint presentation

I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before.View Story Hi my name is Jasmine Sharif. I have been involved in Special Olympics for 8 years as an athlete. In 2007, I became part of Athlete Leadership Program . In 2011 I went to Singapore for the athlete leadership conferences. In 2014 went to Malaysia for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Input Council conferences and I was chosen as its co-chair person along with Ben Haack We had Health Ambassadors I really enjoy being in the Athlete Leadership program. It gives me more confidence, I have made friends and I am able to speak more than before. On the EKS Day, I also gave a PowerPoint presentation of Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's life and the history of Special Olympics. Thank you Special Olympics

About Jasmine Sharif Athlete Boardmember Pakistan:My name is Jasmine Sharif I am an athlete Board member and serve on the input council for Special Olympics in Asia Pacific.
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October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

NBA 3X Raises S$5,000 for Special Olympics Singapore

By Karyn Tan

Horace Grant (left) assisting one of NBA Cares athlete during the NBA Cares clinic for athletes from Special Olympics Singapore, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Grace Orchard School at Stadium Roar on 27 September afternoon. (Photo Credit: NBA 3X)

A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014.View Story A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014. Back for its second edition after a successful debut last year, the NBA 3X Singapore ended on a high with the winning teams of the 3x3 competition taking part in the adidas’ Shoot-For-Charity Challenge to raise funds for charity. An amount of more than $400 was raised at the challenge and the NBA contributed additional funds to bring the final donation amount to S$5,000. NBA Legend Horace Grant, who was also in town for the event, conducted a special clinic for the athletes of Special Olympics Singapore, Grace Orchard School and Singapore Disability Sports School as part of the League’s NBA Cares’ program.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager, Asia Pacific region
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