Nigerian athletes will be participating in this year’s Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup taking place in South Africa.
Billed to hold between October 3-6, the games will feature 20 teams across the continent with the top three teams qualifying for the Special Olympics Unity Cup in Brazil in 2013.
The Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup is a seven aside football tournament featuring four footballers with intellectual disabilities and three without intellectual disabilities making a team.
According to the National Director of Special Olympics Nigeria, Mrs. Folashade Bolumole, the goal of the Unity Cup is to support the movement of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities and is an extension of the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.
She notes that the Unified Sports program brings Special Olympic athletes together with partners without intellectual disabilities on teams for friendly athletic competition.