All eyes will be on the UAE when the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 officially opens on 14th March at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
With around 7,000 participants from across the globe, UAE athletes are in for a tough battle ahead.
Expect local athletes though to give their all and apply what they learned during training to take home the gold.
Here are just some of the UAE athletes to watch out for throughout tournament…
Hamda Al Hosani
Sprinter Hamda knows quite a lot about wining. The track and field star currently owns 15 Special Olympics medals and is a common fixture in regional games as a proud representative of the UAE colours.
From swimming, table tennis to bocce, Saleh has now shifted his attention to bowling and is reaping great rewards. The 25-year-old has competed at the Wold Games staged in Greece and Los Angeles, bagging eight medals in which seven are gold medals – highly impressive.
A true achiever, Clara is one of three people with Down syndrome in the world who is officially certified as a Zumba instructor – how’s that for a start? Competing in the tennis category, expect Clara to give her 100 per cent to smash the competition.