Special Olympics UAE, Arab Badminton Federation Sign MOU to Develop Badminton

July 2, 2021

On 19 June 2021, Special Olympics UAE and the Arab Badminton Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership to develop badminton across Special Olympic competitions.

The virtual ceremony, attended by delegations of the Special Olympics UAE, the Arab Badminton Federation, Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa and the Arab Sports Council, witnessed the MoU signing by Special Olympics UAE National Director Talal Al Hashemi and Arab Badminton Federation President Dr. Sawsan Haji Taqwi.

The partnership, which includes the organising of theoretical and practical training programmes for athletes, coaches and support staff, is to ensure the empowerment and inclusion of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities in society, while enhancing and developing their sporting capabilities.

On 14 June, Special Olympics UAE organized an AirBadminton Training Camp at the Dubai Club for People of Determination as part of the initiatives.

Al Hashemi said: “The MoU will positively contribute to increasing interest and demand for badminton, a simple and pleasant sport of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities, within the Special Olympics community in the UAE.”

Haji Taqwi added: “The partnership is a result of successful collaboration between both entities which began with the virtual summer programme to teach badminton skills to People of Determination with intellectual disabilities.

“We often still reflect on the success of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The UAE continues to send a global humanitarian message and sheds a positive light on our athletes, the People of Determination with intellectual disabilities, and it activates regional efforts aimed at empowering them.”

The MoU will be activated throughout the year, based on Special Olympics UAE 2018-2021 Strategy that aims to empower and integrate People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through sports and provide diverse services to athletes, families and caregivers.

Special Olympics UAE also focuses on training and education opportunities to spread awareness on active and healthy lifestyles by building fruitful partnerships with different stakeholders in the government and the community.