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Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013

Date: 29 January 2013  - 5 February 2013  
Location: PyeongChang, South Korea

The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 is an occasion for 2,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 112 countries to compete in an atmosphere of acceptance and dignity - showing how they, through sports, bring justice, build acceptance, foster inclusion and change the world.

The first Special Olympic World Games took place in 1968 and since then have evolved into a world-class sporting event. Alternating between Summer Games and Winter Games, Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream of the community.

During the games, for the first time in history, Global Development Summit will take place on 30 January 2013. More than 300 world leaders from government, business and industry, education, economic and social development, media, and more will meet to examine the urgent needs of people with intellectual disabilities throughout the developing world. This full-day Summit will focus on the unmet health and social needs of people with intellectual disabilities; build awareness of their gifts and potential contributions to society; and identify necessary actions and integrate those actions into national and international development strategies.

For more information please visit: http://www.2013sopoc.org/

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