By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has left the country to attend the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic World Games being held in Los Angeles, California with wife, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 25th at the LA Memorial Coliseum and the Prime Minister has taken the five days leading up to the event as personal leave days. Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega acts as Prime Minister until his return on July 29th.
The Special Olympic World Games takes place every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games. The event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics Movement, which promotes equality, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.
The Special Olympics World Games feature nine days of challenging and inspiring international competition among thousands of athletes, making it the world’s second-largest sports event, after the Olympic Games. The World Games are watched on television by millions of viewers across six continents, and more than 500,000 spectators including world leaders, celebrities and dignitaries, typically attend the event.
The Special Olympics Movement was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and has grown to more than 4.5 millio