The Special Olympics World Games got underway with a colorful Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night, but several of Israel’s representatives already began their participation hours earlier.
The basketball, swimming, athletics, soccer, bocce and tennis competitions all got underway on Saturday morning, the start of a jam-packed schedule which will continue until the Closing Ceremony on August 2.
Every two years, Special Olympics athletes come together to compete at the World Games, with over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries descending upon Los Angeles this year. Athletes will be competing in 25 different sports at venues throughout Los Angeles.
Israel claimed 66 medals at the previous World Games in 2013 and this year’s delegation, numbering 40 sportsmen and sportswomen, is aiming to match that tally in Los Angeles. The blueand- white delegation will send representatives to nine events: cycling, athletics, bocce, bowling, tennis, basketball, kayaking, swimming and open-water swimming.