#TORniamoINcampO: this is the claim chosen to best represent the multiple meanings of the XXXVII Special Olympics National Summer Games scheduled from 4 to 9 June 2022, presented this morning at the Centro Congressi Unione Industriali Torino in Via Vela 17. Representative because marks the official return to sporting activity in presence for the entire Special Olympics movement, representative because it underlines the role of Turin as the national and international capital of sport. The Turin Games, the largest sporting event dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities ever held in Italy, will bring over 3,000 athletes from every corner of the “boot” to the territory of the Metropolitan City (together with technicians, carers, families and volunteers), with a fallout destined to have a decisive impact not only on the sports and social fabric but also on the economic and commercial one.

The sports disciplines included in the program are 20, many of which are characterized by Unified Sport involving in the same team athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. The calendar of the event foresees, for Saturday 4 June, the accreditation of the Special Olympics delegations from all over Italy and the meeting of the heads of delegations. On day 5, during the morning, the “divisioning” will be held, preliminary competitions where the National Special Olympics technicians will evaluate the skill level of the athletes and their relative inclusion within the heats and groups / groups. All this in view of the subsequent races, which will continue until the end of the event in various facilities in the area: the timetable will always be from 9 to 18.30 except for Thursday 9, the day of departure, when they will end at 13. disciplines and facilities:

  • Athletics: Primo Nebiolo Stadium, Viale Luigi Huges 10 Turin
  • Badminton: Pala Vela, Via Ventimiglia 145 Turin
  • Bocce: Bocciofila Borgo Rossini, C.so Terenzio Mamiani 5 Turin / Bocciodromo Crescenzio Colletta, Lungo Dora P. Colletta 53 Turin
  • Bowling: King Center, Via Monginevro 242 Turin
  • Football: CUS Torino, Via Milano 63 Grugliasco
  • Rowing: Esperia Rowing Club, C.so Moncalieri 2 Turin
  • Indoor Rowing: Armida Rowing Club, Viale Virgilio 45 Turin
  • Dragon Boat: Esperia Rowing Club, C.so Moncalieri 2 Turin
  • Horse riding: Horsebridge Riding Club, Via Supeia Gallino 27 Nole
  • Artistic Gymnastics: PalaGymnastics, Via Giacinto Pacchiotti 71 Turin
  • Karate: Le Cupole Palace, Via E. Artom, 111 Turin
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Palasport Moncrivello Eurogymnica, Via Moncrivello 8 Turin
  • Golf: Royal Park I Roveri, Rotta Cerbiatta 24 Fiano
  • Tennis: Sporting Press Club, C.so G. Agnelli 45 Turin – Gaidano Sports Facility, Via Modigliani 25 Turin
  • Basketball: Sisport Sports Center, Via Olivero 40 Turin
  • Volleyball: Pala Vela, Via Ventimiglia 145 Turin
  • Swimming: Acquatica Turin, C.so Galileo Ferraris 290 Turin / Palazzo del Nuoto, Via Filadelfia 89 Turin
  • Table Tennis: CUS Torino, Palazzetto di Grugliasco Via C.L.N. 53 Grugliasco
  • Open Water Swimming: Avigliana Lakes, Via Monte Pirchiriano Avigliana
  • Flag Rugby: CUS Turin, St. del Barocchio 27 Grugliasco

Pala Vela will also host the Special Olympics Village with recreational activities open to all, health programs and demonstrations from the YAP Young Athletes Program and MATP Motor Activity Training Program projects.

The presentation press conference took place just as the streets of Turin were the protagonists of the Torch Run organized on the occasion of the Games, which arrived in the city after having left Udine on 18 March and having crossed all of Italy in 44 stages. The torch, the original symbol of the desire to spread Olympic values ​​among the populations, during the morning was the protagonist of the raising of the flag at the “Cernaia” Barracks – headquarters of the Carabinieri School of Turin – in the presence of 275 students and the Italian champion of pentathlon and heptathlon Sveva Gerevini, standard bearer of the Sports Center of the Carabinieri and godmother of the event, as well as a former pupil. The torch then left, escorted by the Carabinieri, to the headquarters of the Turin Industrial Union and then resumed its journey towards the subsequent stages of Bardonecchia (June 1), Grugliasco (June 2) and Settimo Torinese (June 3). The return to the regional capital is set for Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.

The opening ceremony of the XXXVII Special Olympics National Summer Games in Turin 2022 will be officially kicked off by the Opening Ceremony (with free admission), scheduled for Sunday 5 June at 9 pm at the “Grande Torino” Olympic Stadium. The event will follow the Olympic protocol, starting with the parade of delegations and continuing with the oath of

judges and athletes: “May I win, but if I fail, may I try with all my strength.” When these words resound in the stands it will be the turn of one of the most exciting moments: the entrance into the stadium of the torch symbol of peace and hope, escorted by an athlete and a partner athlete, with the lighting of the tripod; finally, the Mayor of Turin Stefano Lo Russo will officially declare the Games open. During the evening there will be moments of music and entertainment, as well as institutional greetings, with the presence of the singer Arisa as guest of honor.

The Special Olympics National Summer Games of Turin 2022 are organized in collaboration and with the patronage of Piedmont 2022 – European Region of Sport, Piedmont Region, City of Turin and Rai for Social. Special Olympics Italy is a meritorious association recognized by CONI and the Italian Paralympic Committee

Premium Partner Banca Intesa San Paolo

Gold Partner Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation

Silver Partner Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Turin, iZilove Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric

Bronze Partner Belron, Social Sports Cooperative, Rotary District 2031

Friends Otis, Würth, Michelin, ABB, Mattel, Green Vision Group

Media Partner: La Gazzetta dello Sport

Adidas Technical Partner

Toyota Mobility Partner

YAP Partner iDO

Healthy Athletes Partner Golisano Foundation

The torches were made for Special Olympics by Bonino Carding Machines Srl

This activity is also carried out with the contribution referred to in law 208/15