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2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece February 14, 2008

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Athens was selected as the host of the 2011 World Summer Games by the Special Olympics International Board of Directors in June 2007. On 11 October 2007, representatives of the 2011 Games Organizing Committee were handed the Special Olympics flag during the Closing Ceremony of the 2007 World Summer Games, which was hosted by Shanghai, China. This symbolic act signified Athens as the next hosts of the World Summer Games.

Today, at a glorious event held at the Athens Concert Hall, it was made official that Athens will host the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will take place 25 June through 4 July. The World Games, which promise to be one of the world’s largest multi-sport and humanitarian events that year, will unite 7,500 athletes from more than 170 countries.

The 2011 World Games logo was also unveiled at the event. Designed by Theodora Mantzari, the logo of the 2011 World Games is a radiant sun, the source of life that underlines the excellence and power of the athletes who take part in the Games. Excellence is depicted in the olive branch and power of the spiral form in the center of the sun. The colors reflect the Greek landscape and project emotions: red for life, orange for optimism, blue for determination, light blue for freedom, and green for hope.

Thirteen Goodwill Ambassadors were announced who will spearhead communication of the messages of solidarity, respect and acceptance that the 2011 World Games represent. The ambassadors all represent Greek media outlets and each individual was presented with a medal and papyrus certificate.

Related Links > http://www.specialolympics.org

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