Roseau, Dominica: Digicel has made a donation to Dominica Special Olympics to secure their participation in this Special Olympics World Summer Programs 2023 in Berlin, Germany. From June 17 to 25, 2023, Germany will welcome 7, 000 Special Olympic athletes from more than 190 Nations to participate at the 16th edition of the games.
A team of 15 individuals from Dominica including the athletes and support personnel is set to leave for the games in one month. Minister with the responsibility of Sports Oscar George stated that the government is committed to honouring the Special Olympics Caribbean Sports Ministers Forum declaration that was signed in 2021 and supporting Dominica’s athletes with intellectual disabilities.
He said that the Special Olympics is in the hearts of this government and they have signed a Special Olympics Caribbean Sports declaration in 2021. Minister George stated that this declaration was signed by the ministry of sports acting on behalf of the government of Dominica which means that the heads of all Caribbean countries are committed to work together to develop Special Olympics.
He further noted that the government of Dominica and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is so passionate about Special Olympics and they sign this declaration in 2021 with an aim to ensure that they implement all the aspects of this declaration.
Meanwhile CEO of Digicel Dominica Victor Covacs says a Digicel is proud to support the athletes and this initiative is aligned with the vision of digital’s founder Dennis O’Brien. He said,” I’d love to see that this team is going to go to compete and win again in Berlin in June and we are so proud and happy to spend.”
He added that Digicel is committed to supporting the Special Olympics Teams across the Caribbean They are supporting over 260 athletes from 11 nations in this region to be there and that is primarily based on the vision and initiative of the founder and majority shareholder Dennis O’Brien.
Head of the delegation Anisworth Irish expressed appreciation to Digicel for the continuous support. He said,” Digicel unwaving support for Special Olympics in the region will see some 402 special athletes including eight athletes from and officials from Dominica attending the Berlin games. Our delegation consists of some 15 persons and once again I want to say my heartfelt thanks to Digicel.”
Digicel has partnered with the Dominica Special Olympics since its Inception in 2006. Irish spoke of the mission of the Dominica Special Olympics team. He said that the mission of Special Olympics is to provide all year-round training in sports training for athletes in athletics competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disability giving them the opportunity to develop physical fitness demonstrate courage and experience joy and participate in sharing.
“Digicel has really shared his wealth and support with our program in Dominica by giving us that annual subvention and that grants to continue that feat, ”he added.
He also spoke of the history of Excellence of Dominica’s special Olympians and reports that they have been training consistently under outreach and skill training programs. Dominica has a promising team for the 2023 summer Special Olympics.
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