- Published on 05 February 2015
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Fifteen countries from the Middle East and North Africa are sending delegations to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. A total of 443 athletes will travel to LA for the Games, which start July 24.
The delegations are broken out this way: Algeria is sending 28 athletes; Egypt is sending 64 athletes; United Arab Emirates, 74; Bahrain, 11; Iran, 32; Iraq, 12; Jordan ,20; Lebanon, 22; Libya, 35; Morocco, 36; Palestine, 35; Saudi Arabia, 25; Qater, 21; Syria 18; and Tunisia, 10. Los Angeles Council Member Tom La Bange welcomed Ayman Abdel Wahab, Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa President and Managing Director, and expressed his appreciation for the great role and the nonstop efforts he is playing in the region during such a volatile period the region is passing through. La Bange also awarded Abdel-Wahab the Golden City Certificate and invited him to sit next to him on stage during a conference held ahead of the Games to allow heads of delegations to showcase their cities. “I was surprised by such warmth and a welcome that I did not expect at all,” Abdel-Wahab said.“I am sure that LA Games will be a marvelous one where all Special Olympics athletes will be comfortable."