PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 14 June 2012 – The OSCE Mission in Kosovo will support the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (KAPS) in organizing a “Mini Olympics” for people with disabilities in Vushtrri/Vučitrn this coming weekend.
Approximately 450 young people and their families from different communities will participate in the two-day event. The “Mini Olympics” will include a wheelchair race, basketball, handball, darts and chess competitions.
The event will promote the integration of people with disabilities and raise public awareness about their actual capabilities, thereby helping fight prejudice about what they can and cannot do, as well as increasing trust and co-operation between them and public safety providers.
The first “Mini Olympics”, supported by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, was organized in 2005 and has been held annually since then.
The Acting Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Edward P. Joseph, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Memli Krasniqi and KAPS General Director, Ismajl Smakiqi will open the event.
Media representatives are invited to attend the opening of the event and interact with the “Mini Olympics” participants and organizers on Saturday, 16 June, starting at 11.00, at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety in Vushtrri/Vučitrn.
Note to media: Transport for journalists will be provided upon request. The departure point will be the OSCE parking lot near Pjata Restaurant in Prishtinë/Priština at 10.15.