01 March 2019, Apia Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi encouraged 18 athletes who will represent Samoa at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi next week to bring home 30 gold medals.
His comment was made during his keynote speech at the official farewell by sponsors and dignitaries this week at the foyer of the Government build.
“You have been blessed by the faifeau. Be courageous like (King) David. Bring back 30 gold medals.”
“Omai i na o, o lea ua uma ona faapaia outou e le faifeau.
“Ia outou gaioi e pei o Tavita e toa lona loto.
“Ia manuia tele le tou taumafai ma ia aumai pine auro e 30, a tou omai ma le 30 lena o le a o atu leoleo e faalo ia te outou.”
The sports in which team Samoa will participate in includes unified football, athletics, and power lifting.
Chairman of Special Olympics Samoa Letaa Dan Devoe told the media during his interview that the athletes are ready.
He added the only challenge faced by them is funding however, he said all their supporters and key partners including Digicel Samoa have already paid for their trip.
“Special Olympics is a non-government and non-profit and the usual problems is funding but as you heard we have the support of our donors they fully funded our trip.
“The athletes are strong and they are fit and they are well prepared.”
The team will leave for two weeks on the 6th of March.
The farewell was organised by Special Olympics Samoa’s main sponsor Digicel Samoa with other support coming from the Samoa Disability Programme, SSAB, Eveni Caruthers, Bluebird Construction, MWCSD, MESC.