Special Olympics China was established on June 17th,
1985 and joined Special Olympics International on
July 6th. In 1998, Special Olympics China started
to be managed by the China Disabled Person’s Federation
Special Olympics China has been organizing a variety
of sports events to promote the development of Special
Olympics in China. The scale of National Special Olympics
Games has been gradually enlarging. Different types
of regular or ad hoc training and competitions, as
well as other Special Olympics activities, have been
held by Special Olympics organizations in all provinces,
autonomous regions, municipalities directly under
the Central Government and cities and counties.
Since 1987, China has sent delegations to bi-annual
summer and winter Special Olympics World Games and
achieved fairly good performances in all of them.
In 2002, Shanghai won the bid to host the 2007 Special
Olympics Summer World Games and made China the first
country in Asia to host these Games.
There are approximately upwards of 13 million people
with intellectual disabilities in China. With up to
over half a million Special Olympics athletes and
events all over the country, China has become the
country with the fastest development of Special Olympics
in the whole world.
Special Olympics International has highly evaluated
the tremendous accomplishments by China in Special
Olympics over the past twenty years.
Special Olympics Shanghai
Special Olympics Shanghai was established in April
1986 and currently has over 40 thousand Special Olympics
In addition to frequent organization of Special Olympics
training and competitions in the city, Special Olympics
Shanghai has also hosted activities like Special Olympics
competitions and training in the Asia-Pacific region,
Special Olympics Leadership classes and Parents Workshops.
In November 1996, Shanghai hosted the first Special
Olympics Games in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 6th Shanghai Special Olympics Games was held from
September 17th through October 4th in 2005, with 15
competitive events and 4 demonstration sports, and 4
non-sport programs – Host Town Program, Healthy Athletes
Program, Parent Forum and Youth Summit. There were
4188 athletes (including those from Hong Kong, Macau
and Taiwan) participating in the Games and nearly
2007 Special Olympics
World Summer Games
Special Olympics International held news conferences
in both Shanghai and Washington D.C. on May 24th,
2002 to announce that Shanghai China won the bid to
host the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
This is the first time for Special Olympics World
Summer Games to be held in Asia and in a developing
Over ten thousand Special Olympics athletes and coaches,
over twenty thousand family members of athletes, experts,
scholars and distinguished guests, as well as forty
thousand volunteers from more than 170 countries and
regions will attend this grand event.
There will be altogether 21 competitive events, include
bowling, outdoor bowls, sailboat, golf, weightlifting,
basketball, equitation, volleyball, table tennis,
handball, aquatic sports, gymnastics, track and field,
tennis, badminton, cycling, canoeing, judo, ice skating,
soccer and baseball.
demonstration sports include dragon & lion dance,
dragon boat race, cricket and Motor Activities Training
Non-sports programs include the Law Enforcement Torch
Run, Host Town Program, Healthy Athletes Program,
Parent Forum, Youth Summit and School Enrichment Program