Established: 1990




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
1Shaikh Mohamed Bin Duaij Al KhalifaVice President
2Wafeeqa Khalil JamalNational Director
3Redha Ahmed SabtSports Director
4Mohamed Radhi Al HussainiSenior Associate
5Dr. Jameela BahmanHealth Committee Director
6Hussain Al ShehabiVolunteers Committee Coordinator
7Layla Al Sayed Al HussainiFamily Committee Coordinator
8Eman Al WataniSiblings Committee Coordinator
9Muneer Al ShehabiLeaders’ Preparation Committee and Players Interventions Board Coordinator
10Hussain Al HaddadYouth Committee Coordinator
11Marekh Akbar ShafieeYoung Athletes Program Coordinator
12Ahmed Mohamed Al ShaikhAthletes Representative