|06 October 2006|
The Special Olympics European Youth Games in Rome, Italy drew to a close on Thursday after six days of competition.
Basketball was one of seven different sports at the Games which saw 1400 athletes competing from 55 countries from Europe and Asia.
22 countries participated in the basketball tournament which was divided into two age groups (12-16 and 16-21) and five ability levels.
Special and Olympics and FIBA Europe began a partnership in 2004 which seeks to expand women’s basketball, recruit coaches and players, create a network of national Special Olympics Coordinators and involve the national federations and clubs in Special Olympics activities.
The Italian Basketball Federation assisted in the tournament by sending referees.
As well as the various sports events, the Games also hosted a youth forum, a debate featuring 200 young people from 57 countries, and a family forum. In addition, the Healthy Athletes Initiative allowed the athletes to receive a variety of health screenings and services in a series of free clinics.
The Games finished on 5th October with a closing ceremony that was broadcast live on Italian television channel Rai Sport Satellite.