At the Special Olympics’ World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, Peru’s extremely good volleyball team won gold! The games took place from March 14 till March 21 this year. Peru was represented by 22 athletes who participated in four disciplines: gymnastics, swimming, athletics and volleyball. In total the country won six golden, eight silver and five bronze medals. One of those gold medals was from the Peruvian volleyball team.
The Inca country had to play against Russia and won with 2-1.
The team which was composed of Karina de la Cruz, Tady Olivera, Roxana Herrera, Celia Marquez, Amelia Altamirano, Ana Rivera, Karina Mondragon, Patricia Plaza, Enith Coronel, Lia Quiñones scored the following scores during the different games: 10-25, 26-24, and 15-9. Luz Rivera and Maria Elina Diaz coached the team. Peru is very proud of their results at the Special Olympics’ World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
Peru’s Special Olympics Association started in 1986. It is present in twelve regions of the Inca country. The organisation does not receive support from the state. They live of self-funding and are very proud of that.
The main goal of the organisation is training people with intellectual disabilities the whole year long in different sports and participate in athletic competitions. In Peru, over 8000 people are athletes in the organisation.