Australia is hosting the first ever Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games.
The first ever Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Games will kick off in Australia at the weekend.
2500 athletes from more than 30 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region are participating in the week-long happening.
Newcastle has been selected as the host city, with sporting events to be held at venues across the New South Wales Newcastle-Hunter area.
The Games' Project Director Chris Heverin told Elza Zandi the aim is to promote participation in sport by people with an intellectual disability.
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