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President sees hope for more human rights in China

October 28th, 2007 by Frederikke Tømmergaard · No Comments

Recently arrived from Shanhai, where this years Special Olympics were held, the president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson is pleased with the symbolic value that China was the host country.

He thought that the Special Olympic was a unique chance for China to deliver the message, that they see human rights as an important issue, and sport as a way to improve social aspects in society.
“The president of China came for two days to visit the game, and speak with the partisipaters. That was a very strong human signal to send to the population of China and to the rest of the world. I have hope, because of what I have experienced. I see a transformation in China, and the holdings of the Special Olympic was a remarkable step,“ says the president.

Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson is international board member of the Special Olympic. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games was held in Shanghai, two weeks ago.

The president told that he was impressed to see so many people that otherwise would have been hidden in an institution participate in the games.
“In China as in other countries the people with intellectual disabilities do not have a large place in society. But there are more than two million mental handicapped in China, and therefore it is very important for them to feel that China accept them. Futhermore it is a important message that China accept the Special Olympic one year before the Olympics in Beijing.“

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