In 1968, the Special Olympics was accredited as an international organization. In 1990, the Special Olympics Bahrain was established, the first official external participation was in 1991.
The Special Olympics is a sports movement that leads to the formation of a global network surrounded by the affairs of people with intellectual disabilities in all its classifications only (intellectual disability, cognitive delay, developmental disability, learning difficulties, limited comprehension and adaptation skills, Down syndrome, autism). The mission of the Special Olympics Bahrain is to Provide sports training and competitions throughout the year in a variety of Olympic sports, with the total of 32 sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
- Giving athletes continuous opportunities to develop their physical fitness and to demonstrate their courage
- Create an appropriate atmosphere for athletes to feel happy while practicing in sports
- Participating with others in celebrating their talents, skills, and helping them to integrate and form friendships with all sectors of society.
- Participation in Local, Gulf, Arab and international tournaments and competitions.
The Board of Directors for the Special Olympics Bahrain was formed under the chairmanship of Shaikh Duaij bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and the membership of the following:
Board of Directors
|1||Shaikh Mohamed Bin Duaij Al Khalifa||Vice President|
|2||Wafeeqa Khalil Jamal||National Director|
|3||Redha Ahmed Sabt||Sports Director|
|4||Mohamed Radhi Al Hussaini||Senior Associate|
|5||Dr. Jameela Bahman||Health Committee Director|
|6||Hussain Al Shehabi||Volunteers Committee Coordinator|
|7||Layla Al Sayed Al Hussaini||Family Committee Coordinator|
|8||Eman Al Watani||Siblings Committee Coordinator|
|9||Muneer Al Shehabi||Leaders’ Preparation Committee and Players Interventions Board Coordinator|
|10||Hussain Al Haddad||Youth Committee Coordinator|
|11||Marekh Akbar Shafiee||Young Athletes Program Coordinator|
|12||Ahmed Mohamed Al Shaikh||Athletes Representative|