March 20, 2019- Monrovia, Liberia: The Youth and Sports Minister Hon. D. Zeogar Wilson has esteemed the three Liberian Athletes who participated in the recently concluded Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi for winning three gold and one bronze medals in 100M and 200M runs respectively.
Participating for the first time in the Special Olympics World Games which is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement, 16 years old Hassatou Odell Duah won gold medal in the 100M run, 31 years old Samuel Smith won the gold in the 200M adult category, while Ehi Salim Assaf won the gold in the 200M and the bronze in the 100M run.
Minister Wilson thanked them for the courage they mustered in making Liberia very proud and he wish that the winning zeal and quest can be carried out through all other sporting disciplines that Liberia is participating in.
Minister Wilson is also calling on all Liberians to give them a monumental welcome as they return home triumphantly with prestigious laureates on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4pm at the Roberts International Airport.
The World Games, which was officially declared opened by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi saw the lighting of the cauldron Flame of Hope torch , completing the Flame of Hope torch run which began in Athens and has touched each Emirate across the UAE.
Over 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities, coaches and volunteers from over 194 countries are currently in Abu Dhabi to grace the occasion.