7,500 athletes from 190 countries competed across 24 Olympic-style sports at this year’s World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event – part of a global movement that focuses on empowering people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport. 2019 marks the first time the Games have been hosted in the Middle East since the movement was founded over 50 years ago.
With a singular focus on celebrating the achievements of all the athletes who took part, the special games doesn’t maintain a medals table. In fact, Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics International, made it clear that the Games were not about medals at all: “It’s about people; it’s not about one nation defeating another nation.” How refreshing.
HyperActive shipped a large consignment of EVS hardware to Abu Dhabi to help NEP cover the event, including two EVS ChannelMAX XT3s with the newly released Multicam 16; four EVS XTAccess; three IPDirectors; two EVS Database Servers; and three EVS Ingest Funnel Lite systems.