Santiago, Chile to Host 2027 Special Olympics World Games

Santiago, Chile will host the 2027 Special Olympics World Games, marking the first time the event will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Games are expected to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals and promote inclusion and empowerment of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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Santiago, Chile to Host 2027 Special Olympics World Games

Santiago, Chile to Host 2027 Special Olympics World Games

The Special Olympics International Board of Directors has announced that Santiago, Chile will host the 2027 Special Olympics World Games, marking the first time the event will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Games, set to take place from August 18 to 30, 2027, will welcome over 6,000 athletes from 170 nations to compete in 22 Olympic-type sports, supported by 2,000 coaches and thousands of volunteers.

Santiago, known for its rich cultural heritage and experience hosting global sporting events, is expected to leave a lasting legacy of social transformation for Chile and the Latin American region. The Chilean government and the City of Santiago have committed a budget of approximately $134 million to plan and deliver the event, which is expected to attract 6,000 family members, over 2,000 international media, and 500,000 spectators.

Why this matters: The 2027 Special Olympics World Games in Santiago will be a historic milestone, as it is the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Games are expected to contribute to several UN Sustainable Development Goals and promote inclusion and empowerment of individuals with intellectual disabilities in the sports world.

The legacy of the 2027 World Games in Chile includes developing Unified Schools programming, increasing training for law enforcement about people with intellectual disabilities, improving education for primary healthcare professionals, and expanding Special Olympics Chile nationwide. The formal World Games agreement will be signed at a meeting of the Consejo Americano del Deporte (CADE), the association of Western Hemisphere sports ministers.

Chilean Sports Minister Jaime Pizarro, a former soccer player and sports executive, received the news in Washington, D.C. and immediately informed President Gabriel Boric. "The Special Olympics are seen as an important event for promoting inclusion, and Chile is committed to preparing the necessary infrastructure and facilities," Pizarro stated. The government is working to address recent controversies and ensure a successful hosting of the 2027 Special Olympics World Games.

The 2027 Special Olympics World Games in Santiago reflects a growing trend towards inclusivity and empowerment of individuals with intellectual disabilities in the sports world. As the first Latin American and Spanish-speaking country to host the event, Chile aims to leave a lasting social impact and raise awareness throughout the region. The Games are expected to provide economic benefits and increased global recognition for the host city and country.

Key Takeaways

  • Santiago, Chile to host 2027 Special Olympics World Games, 1st in Southern Hemisphere
  • Event expected to attract 6,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches, 500,000 spectators, $134M budget
  • Games to promote inclusion, empower individuals with intellectual disabilities in sports
  • Legacy includes Unified Schools, training for law enforcement, healthcare education
  • First Latin American, Spanish-speaking country to host, aims for lasting social impact