South China Morning Post
18th November 2017
Why Hong Kong’s Special Olympics athletes are unable to compete
More than two-thirds of Hong Kong’s Special Olympics athletes have been unable to compete in their sports because of a lack of locally-organised competitions and games, according to the chairman of the sporting event, Timothy Shriver.
Ideally, 80 to 90 per cent of the 11,765 athletes, who have trained in their sports for a minimum of eight weeks, should have the opportunity to compete, Shriver said.
But just 3,681 of them, or less than a third, had the opportunity to do so as only 21 local competitions – which are crucial to the development and inclusiveness of intellectually disabled people in society – were held in the city last year.
“We should have five times more competitions than we have now,” Shriver said.