Sosa games lure 300 athletes

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

St Benedict College in Bedfordview, Germiston, is hosting the three-day Special Olympics South Africa (Sosa) national games that start today and end on Sunday.

The tournament will feature 300 athletes from Limpopo, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The games are the largest special Olympics event to be organised in South Africa. Sporting codes that will feature are aquatics, athletics, bocce, table-tennis, tennis, golf and unified basketball (with disabled and able-bodied athletes on the same team).

"The Special Olympics South Africa national games will aim at encouraging individuals with and without intellectual disabilities to break barriers, forge new friendships and help build a more welcoming and inclusive society," said Camille Duncan, acting chief executive of Sosa.

"We also have the Olympic healthy athletes initiatives, which are designed to help special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to enhanced sports experience and improved wellbeing."

Duncan said during the games, Special Olympics South Africa athletes will receive health screenings and services at a series of clinics on " health promotions, healthy hearing, opening eyes and special smiles".