We are overwhelmed! A week full of emotions, sports and parties lies behind us. Everyone had their own personal highlights and gained experiences that will be remembered. Let us revel in them together and already look forward to next year's World Games in Berlin.
First of all, let us look back on today's last day of competitions: In 10 out of 20 sports, athletes were still in action and gave their best until the end. The last medals were ceremoniously awarded and loud cheers resounded over the playing fields all over Berlin.
Throughout the week, not only our athletes showed full commitment, but also all the people who helped in the background and made this great event possible in the first place.
We especially thank the irreplaceable volunteers, sports officials, visitors and simply everyone who was part of the National Games!
To underline what everyone accomplished together, here are a few facts:
- 72,000 lunches and dinners served
- 13,000 medals and placement ribbons handed out
- 12,000 tickets booked
- 35,000 FFP2 masks distributed
- 15km of power cables laid
- 212 no parking signs put up
- And 900 radios used
All this and more has made it possible for the athletes to reunite after years of deprivation and have an unforgettable time.
At the end, we want to emphasize one thing: Nobody celebrates like we do – unbeatable together! First at the Opening Ceremony in the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, then at the Athletes' Party at Brandenburg Gate. And today it was even topped at the Closing Ceremony again at Brandenburg Gate.
In total 10,000 people celebrated full of joy, whether during the polonaise dance or when cheering during the final fireworks - the emotions boiled over and everyone was in each other's arms at the end.
All that remains is to say that we can hardly wait to see you all again next year at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, the world's largest inclusive sports event!