Special Olympics is always striving to make more high-quality sports and competition opportunities available to every one of our 3.75 million athletes. We strive to give athletes opportunities to be and do their best every day, knowing that the skills and disciplines that they develop on the playing field not only transform themselves, their teammates, and their fans, but also the world around them.
Every four years, our sports training and competition activities culminate in the World Games, when thousands of athletes gather to demonstrate to the world that they are the best in sports. The next World Winter Games, which will be held in South Korea in 2013, will feature nearly 3,30o competitors and coaches from 127 countries will compete in seven Olympic-type sports.
Central to these games are the Technical Delegates, sports professionals in their own right who are committed to ensuring world-class competition opportunities for our athletes. This week, Special Olympics proudly announced the 15 Technical Delegates who will serve our athletes during the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 PyeongChang, South Korea. You can read more about each of them and the wealth of experience they bring to our 2013 Games here.
In November, the 2013 Technical Delegates will conduct site visits in PyeongChang and will meet with the Games Organizing Committee (GOC). They will also represent Special Olympics and serve as the key advisor for specific sports and ensure that the World Games GOC correctly interprets implements and enforces Special Olympics Sports Rules and the rules of relevant International Sport Federations. The Technical Delegates also advise the GOC on the technical requirements of the specific sport to ensure a safe, quality and dignified sports environment.
For the first time, Special Olympics will welcome technical delegates from Slovenia, Korea and Denmark. Of the 15 Delegates, five are new to the Technical Delegate or Assistant Technical Delegate system.
The 2013 Delegates bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in sports will ensure that the 2,300 athletes who are expected to compete in PyeongChang have the best competition experience of their life!