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Ukraine stages its biggest ever Open Games

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Basketball players show each other respect during Unified Sports competion
The Ukranian city of Lviv recently played host to the third Special Olympics Open Games 2016 – the largest event of its kind to be staged in the country. 600 participants from seven neighbouring European countries, along with a strong Ukrainian team, competed over three days in what was a fantastic event for athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the region. So successful were the games that plans are already underway for next year's event. Running from the 15th to 18th of September, athletes competed in eight different sports; football, floorball, Unified basketball, table tennis, swimming, open water swimming, kayaking and bocce. Live video of the sports competition was aired on big screens in Lviv's city centre and the event also received huge support from the local authorities and the Coca Cola Foundation. Healthy Athletes and the Young Athletes program also featured.

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