Ford Motor Company of South Africa is about to make the dream of 30 South African National Team athletes a reality.

The globally recognised car manufacturer pledged R1-Million to the teams to participate successfully in the 2019 Special Olympics Summer World Games, United Arab Emirates.

Starting from March 14 to 21, the company will be covering all the travel, accommodation and other expenses for the African athletes to enable them to have a sound mind to work harder and if possible bring home more medals.

More than 7 500 athletes from 170 countries will compete in 24 summer sports this year, assisted by 2 500 coaches and 20 000 volunteers, making this the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year, as well as a record turn-out for the Special Olympics which was founded in 1968.

The South African National Team will comprise a total of 70 athletes, 21 coaches and seven support staff, and will represent the country in football, futsal (five-a-side female soccer), table tennis, equestrian, bocce, open-water swimming, athletics and golf. Team SA will be departing for the UAE on 7 March 2019.

In addition to sports competition, the 2019 World Games will feature inspiring non-sports activities and programs, including Unified Sports experiences, free Healthy Athletes screenings, a Global Youth Summit, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast to 120 countries worldwide, with 50 hours of live television coverage. Stay tuned to SuperSport to get the latest updates or alternative check out the Special Olympics social media pages for day to day updates.

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