On Wednesday evening, the Ministry of Sports held its traditional reception in honour of the Luxembourg delegation at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019, at the National Institute of Sports in Luxembourg-Fetschenhof.
During this reception, Luxembourg Minister of Sports Dan Kersch offered his official congratulations to the athletes and their coaches/chaperones on their performance at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 14 to 21 March 2019.
Together, the Luxembourg delegation, made up of 36 athletes competing in seven disciplines, brought home 16 medals, including five gold. Many of the athletes also received honorary awards during the Games. Indeed, this was the eighth consecutive year that Special Olympics Luxembourg (SOL) participated.
In her opening speech, SOL Chairwoman Pascale Schmoetten kickstarted the reception by congratulating the athletes and thanking the Ministry of Sports for its part in encouraging inclusion in sports for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Dan Kersch then emphasised in his speech the importance of continued solidarity and helping one another, not only in sports but in everyday life. Emphasising the success of the SOL team in Abu Dhabi, the Sports Minister stressed how well the team had performed against the international competition before concluding that social inclusion must go even further in Luxembourgish society.
Photographs shown on a large screen showcased some of the highlights of the SOL team during the Games for those attending the reception.