Particular Olympics & the Worldwide Hockey Federation Signal Partnership in Berlin to Have fun the Introduction of Hockey as a Sport at World Video games


On 24 June 2023, Particular Olympics and the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) took to the pitch to pen an inaugural settlement between the 2 organizations, devoted to the event of hockey for folks with mental and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Hockey made its first-ever look at World Video games debuting in Berlin, being supplied as an illustration sport with 12 international locations participating, together with hosts Germany.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the 2 organizations focuses on cooperation, improvement, and promotion of the game around the globe to create extra alternatives for folks with IDD to expertise the social, emotional, and bodily advantages of hockey. The settlement has an preliminary concentrate on creating the game within the Europe and Latin America areas, the place pleasure has been rising.

Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics Inc. and Tayyab Ikram, President of International Hockey Federation, holding up the signed Memorandum of Understanding.

Mary Davis, CEO of Particular Olympics Inc. and Tayyab Ikram, President of Worldwide Hockey Federation, signed an MOU in celebration of the brand new partnerships between the 2 organizations

“We welcome this new settlement with the FIH. Hockey is an up-and-coming sport in Particular Olympics, and we’re excited to focus on extra progress within the sport amongst current Particular Olympics athletes, and welcome extra hockey athletes with and with out mental disabilities into our Particular Olympics household. We’re grateful to the FIH for his or her management in together with folks with mental disabilities of their sport and sit up for our future collectively.”

Particular Olympics CEO, Mary Davis

“On behalf of FIH, I wish to categorical our gratitude to Particular Olympics for partnering with us to spice up the event of hockey for folks with mental and developmental disabilities. It’s no coincidence if the signature of this Memorandum of Understanding happens as FIH celebrates its Inclusion and Variety Day at the moment and hockey has made its first-ever look on the Particular Olympics World Video games in Berlin this yr. Hockey ID has been an integral a part of our world hockey neighborhood since years now, and I’m glad that an increasing number of Nationwide Associations are embracing it. Hockey is for all!”

Mr. Tayyab Ikram, President of the FIH

Particular Olympics hockey (additionally referred to as Hockey ID) is a sport tailored from the 11-a-side Olympic format to make hockey extra globally accessible to gamers with mental incapacity. On the competitors in Berlin, the athletes play 6×6 on a pitch 55-meters lengthy and 43-meter large, with matches lasting half-hour, divided in two by a half time break of 5 minutes.

Rob Crosse, of the Special Olympics Great Britain Hockey Team speaking.

Rob, Particular Olympics Hockey athlete from Nice Britain, explains to the viewers why hockey is so significant to him.

“On the 202 Olympic Video games in London, that’s after I bought . I began coaching and taking part in hockey 8 years in the past. It helps me with my health and I practice twice per week. I prefer it when it’s a huge hockey household. The hockey ID household is thrilled to be in Berlin and be a part of the Particular Olympics World Video games for the very first time. It has been a superb enjoyable time and reminiscences for all times”

Rob Crosse, Particular Olympics Nice Britain hockey workforce

Sem Storm of the Special Olympics Netherlands Hockey Team speaking.

Sem, Particular Olympics Hockey athlete from the Netherlands explains how hockey has given him extra confidence as he helps to reasonable the signing.

“[Hockey] means quite a bit to me. I like to do workforce sports activities and hockey drills and have enjoyable. I realized that I’m extra assured than I feel I’m. I realized learn how to management my feelings and I exploit this in my work.”

Sem Storm, Particular Olympics Netherlands hockey workforce

Hockey began on the primary day of competitors with matches taking place day by day, and concluded on 24 June, adopted by award ceremonies celebrating the athletic achievements of all 12 groups.

A group of athletes cheering.

All of the hockey groups collaborating in Berlin 2023 got here to the pitch to listen to and have a good time the brand new partnerships side-by-side.


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