The National Program Director of Special Olympics Liberia (SOL), Rev. Caleb Dormah, has described as excellent his organization’s athletes with intellectual disabilities’ responses to their ongoing training for the upcoming 2019 Special Olympics.
There will be a Special Olympics World Game in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this year and SOL is preparing for it.
Rev. Dormah said the athletes are specialized in 100 and 200 meters, and they have been training for the past two months. He said the athletes’ positive responses to the training means that they are ready for the competition. The final selection of the athletes for the Olympics would be done in the second week of March 2019.
“The preparation of our athletes for the Special Olympics is going on well because the athletes themselves, their coaches and parents are very excited about it,” he said.
He said he is happy with the training and the athletes who are being prepared for one of the most important world sports.
Rev. Dormah paid tribute to the Sean Devereux Foundation for its support in facilitating SOL preparation for the world game.
He said the athletes train three times a week, but they have increased that to four times due to positive responses he is getting from the athletes.
He disclosed that one of his organization’s main targets is to bring together 100 intellectual disability athletes and train them for the celebration of SOL’s first anniversary on July 24, 2019.
“When we return from the Dubai Olympics, our main goal for Special Olympics Liberia will be to get 100 athletes, train them and get them ready for our organization’s one-year anniversary celebration; and we hope to achieve that goal,” he said.
Rev. Dormah said people with intellectual disabilities are often the most neglected, most vulnerable, and most marginalized people in every country.
“For these reasons, Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, given them continued opportunities to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Specials Olympics athletes, and the community,” he said.
Rev. Dormah said his organization was established in Liberia on July 24, 2018, after being accredited by the Special Olympics International (SOI), and they started their training in August through the help of Special Olympics Africa at which time 48 coaches were trained to help develop the minds of athletes.