2015 Special Olympics World Games
Special Olympics World Summer Games
Special Olympics World Games are one of the most powerful
venues for communicating to the world the abilities and
gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. Every two years,
the World Games are broadcast to hundreds of millions of
viewers in the host countries and across the globe. The Special
Olympics World Games are world-class sporting events
featuring intense competition and inspiring performances
by athletes. Equally important, the World Games act as a
catalyst for growth in Special Olympics sports programs
in communities around the world and promote awareness
among leaders of all levels of society.
Past World Games have left an indelible mark on the host
nation. Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, said one of the
greatest transformational events for the people of China in
recent years was the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer
Games in Shanghai. Irish President Mary McAleese echoed
this sentiment when she proclaimed that only Ireland’s
independence had more of a social impact on the people of
Ireland than the 2003 Special Olympics World Games.
The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will be
hosted by Greece and conducted in the same Olympic venues
used during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. These
Games will be the biggest sporting event in the world in
2011, attracting more than 7,500 athletes from 180 countries
who will demonstrate their skill and determination on the
field of play in 22 sports.
With all World Games, Special Olympics considers the
potential the Games have to further the mission of Special
Olympics worldwide while creating lasting reminders of the
human gifts that were celebrated at the Games. As we look to
future World Games, we look for alignment with the Special
Olympics movement’s strategic priorities as described below:
• Athlete Experience:
Special Olympics athletes are to be the center of
focus and efforts at all World Games. The athlete
experience embodies Special Olympics aspirations to
meet the urgent needs of growth and quality globally.
• Building Communities:
World Games should be an example of how best
to build inclusive communities around the world,
engage new generations, bring hope to families
and promote holistic policy adoption through the
catalytic power of Special Olympics.
• Fan Engagement:
Facilitate thoughtful, committed and diversified
engagements of individuals and corporations,
foundations, civic and service organizations, and
government agencies from the local to the global
levels aimed at increasing operating funding and
support for Special Olympics movement-wide.
• Movement Leadership: Athletes, communities of
coaches, volunteers, families, partners and fans shape
what we collectively refer as the Special Olympics
Movement. The success of World Games is largely
dependent on the organizers ability to enlist the
right combination of support from key government,
corporate, philanthropic and community leaders.
• Sustainable Capabilities: There are several
critical areas that will help shape the future success of
the Movement globally and ensure its sustainability.
The continued development and refinement of
systems and standards for operational excellence and
efficiency at World Games will lead to future games
and competitions delivering the highest quality
experience for all athletes.
• 7,000 Athletes
• 23 Sports & MATP
• 1750 Coaches
• 165 Delegations
• Artistic Gymnastics
• Football (Soccer)
• Rhythmic Gymnastics
• Roller Skating
• 40,000 Volunteers
• 3,500 Event Officials
• 4,000 Honored Guests
• 12,000 Family Members
Th e aim of the World Games Bid Questionnaire is to provide Special Olympics with an overview of your project to host the
Special Olympics World Games and to determine whether this corresponds to the needs of the Special Olympics Movement.
We draw your attention to the fact that SOI reserves the right to send experts to your city to further discuss certain areas. We
would be grateful if you would ensure that they have access to any information they might require.
Th e following pages off er cities and countries interested in bidding for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
a series of questions to be answered. Each questionnaire will be thoroughly reviewed by the World Games Site Selection
Committee of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors.
We look forward to initiating discussions with you as together we pursue your interest in hosting the largest sporting and
humanitarian event in the world in 2015 – the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 1 November 2010
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1. Motivation and Concept
2. Political and Public Support
3. Sports Infrastructure
4. Infrastructure and Logistics
5. Major Event Experience
MOTIVATION AND CONCEPT
What are your principal motivation and objectives for wanting to host the Special Olympics Games?
Why your country/city, and what does your bid offer Special Olympics?
What are your proposed dates for hosting the Games?
POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SUPPORT
2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games
What is the status of support for your bid by national, regional, local government and city authorities?
Are there any legal obstacles to organizing the Special Olympics Games in your country?
Do you envision the implementation of new laws to facilitate the organization of the Special Olympics World Games?
Are there any existing laws in relation to services and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities?
What is the general public opinion towards hosting the Special Olympics World Games?
Has there been any attitude studies relating to acceptance and perception of people with intellectual disabilities within your country?
Is the bid supported by your Special Olympics National Program? Yes ____No_____
If so, please explain involvement.
Please list and describe the sports venues to be used.
Provide a map outlining the distance between proposed venues.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS
Provide a map of existing infrastructure to support the World Games (airport, rail, motorway, subway, and public transport systems).
Provide listing of hotels and accommodation plans for the Games.
MAJOR EVENT EXPERIENCE
What experience have you had hosting major sports events and multi-sports events?
Please list a maximum of ten relevant events over the last ten years indicating dates.
Has the proposed city ever hosted a Special Olympics event? If so, what event and when?
What financial commitments have you obtained or expected to obtain from your national, regional, or local government and city
Beyond government what revenue sources do you anticipate to fund the Games?
How will you provide a financial guarantee against loss for the Games? Please detail who would be the guarantor?
What media commitments do you have in support of the Games?
How would you drive media participation and support for the Games outside of your country?
Please list the bid leadership committee and brief profile of each individual.
How would hosting the Games drive Special Olympics growth and impact?
How would hosting the Games support Special Olympics global priorities as outlined on page 2?
Special Olympics’ vision is to transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, accept and include
people with intellectual disabilities and thereby celebrate the similarities common to all people. How would Games in your city or
country advance this vision?
How would you define success for the 2015 Games should they be awarded to your city and/or country?
Are there any possible prohibiting factors that would influence your bidding for the 2015 World Games?
Should you have any questions or request for additional information,
Chief, Strategic Properties
Special Olympics International
Please, submit the questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November 2010