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Party atmosphere among Maltese athletes who won 40 medals at Special Olympics

There was a great sense of satisfaction and a party atmosphere among the Maltese contingent which has just competed at the Special Olympics games. The 28 athletes, who all have some form of intellectual disability, are coming back to Malta with 40 medals, 12 of them gold. The medals were won in the nine disciplines in which the Maltese athletes competed.

The Special Olympics world games came to a close at the Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, with a great show. The 190 contingents, made up of athletes from around the world who have a disability, celebrated their success during a show given by international artists including singer Nicole Scherzinger. Among the 7,500 athletes who walked around the stadium to great applause from the spectators, there were the 28 Maltese athletes, who between them won 40 medals.

The Maltese athletes won 12 gold medals, 13 gold medals and 15 bronze medals. The greatest success was achieved by Philip Gruppetta in bowling. He won three gold medals, while four other Maltese athletes also won gold in the same discipline. Malta also won gold in cycling, swimming, and athletics.

The Prime Minister’s wife and President of Special Olympics Malta, Michelle Muscat, said that the world games were a celebration of the sacrifice and hard work which the Maltese athletes have put in for a long time.  She said that preparations will soon be underway for the next Special Olympics which will take place in Berlin in four years’ time.

The Maltese contingent is expected back in Malta this afternoon at 1.30pm.

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