It is wintertime in South Korea and the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games will open on January 29th until February 5th, 2013. With 3,300 participants from 120 different countries, the games will comprise of 7 sports and 55 events including Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, and Floor Hockey.
In cooperation with the Special Olympics International and Special Olympics World Winter Games Organizing Committee PyeongChang 2013(SOPOC), it invites the world to come together to promote equality, tolerance, and acceptance.
The chairwoman of the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympic Winter Games Organization Committee, Na Kyung Won, released the following statement on the official website.
“At the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics Winter Games, 3,300 athletes with mental disabilities from around the world will participate in seven Olympic sports competition including alpine skiing. It is a place of global festival in which the athletes can show their skills with others regardless of their region, borders, political ideologies, age, race, and religion. ”
“In order for those with mental disabilities to enhance their skills and capacities, and become recognized as a proud member of society, and to create a happy world in which those with and without disabilities can live together, your interest and participation is of utmost importance.”
“We invite you to applaud the passions and excitement, while enjoying the thrills that will take place on the bright snow fields in 2013.”
The torch lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece at Zappeion Palace took place on January 17, 2013. During the torch run and torch welcoming ceremonies, the flame will travel from Seoul to 40 different cities all across South Korea carried by 133 teams. Once its arrival in PyeongChang on January 29th during the opening ceremony, the flame will light the cauldron accompanied by the opening address, theme performance, grand choir, etc.
The venues will be held at the Alpensia Resort, YongPyong resort, Gangneung Culture and Sports Complex, and Kwangdong University.
Appointed honorary ambassadors for the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games include Yuna Kim, Guus Hiddink, Kim Yun-Jin, Lee Moon-Sae, Kim Jin-Ho, Yiruma, Gyeong Ju Nam, Oops I-Kooo, Poppin Hyunjun, Kim Tae-Won, and the Wonder Girls.
Pyeongchang 2013 special olympics world winter games. (2011, June 01). Retrieved from http://2013sopoc.org/hb/eng