Official website of 2022 Special Olympics World Winter Games
The 2022 Special Olympics World Winter Games will take place in Kazan on 22-28 January and are to be the first international event under the umbrella of Special Olympics International in Russia. The Games are held every two years, in summer and winter interchangeably. The previous Games took place in Austria in 2017.
The selection of Kazan by the International Board of Directors was made based on the city’s reputation for hosting large international competitions and successful history of organising events with participation of people from inclusive communities.
2,000 athletes and unified partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) from 108 countries are expected to take part in Special Olympics World Winter Games in Kazan. They will be joined by around 3,000 volunteers and 4,000 honourable guests and members of their families to make the event truly large-scale.
The city is well-prepared for hosting competitions in seven sports that constitute the World Winter Games programme: alpine skiing, snowboarding, floorball, cross country skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating, and snowshoeing.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games are one of the most prestigious sporting events aimed at creating a truly inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities. The World Games also provide an important platform for the work the Special Olympic movement does in the areas of healthcare, education and leadership for athletes.
The Special Olympics will help create new opportunities for social integration of about three million people with special needs living in Russia.