Special Olympics chairman hails movement's progress in China

2017-03-20 02:19:48 GMT2017-03-20 10:19:48(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

GRAZ, Austria, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Special Olympics is working at the local level all over China, enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, the Chairman of the Special Olympics said here on Sunday.

Timothy Perry Shriver, the Chairman of Special Olympics, believes that the Special Olympics movement can make people healthier, improve the lives of the people with intellectual disabilities, and says he sees this happening in China.

"The Special Olympics is working at the local level all over China, first of all to help people with intellectual disabilities become healthy, make sure they can see a doctor, make sure they have a physical test, make sure they train their muscles, and their skills do become better," Shriver told media.

Chinese athletes attended floor hockey and figure skating competitions on Sunday.

The experience of attending the competition is seen much more important than the results of the games itself.

As the biggest international sporting movement for people with disabilities, the Special Olympics is established around ideas of inclusion and community, where each individual is accepted irrespective of their abilities or disabilities, and offers year-round training and competition opportunities in 32 Olympic disciplines for more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries and regions.