The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

Olympic Winter Games for mentally disabled opens in South Korea


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AFP) - Around 2,300 mentally disabled athletes from around the world gathered in South Korea on Tuesday for the opening of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

After swearing an oath which states, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt", participants from more than 100 countries will take part in eight sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and speed skating.

Under the slogan "Together we can", the eight-day event kicked off at an ice rink in Pyeongchang - venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics - 180km east of the capital Seoul.

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said at the opening that the Games were not to celebrate sports but "the supremacy of the human spirit over everything else".