we join the global community
in condemning the exclusion of people with Down Syndrome from taking part in the Olympic games. The practice of making it difficult for people with Down Syndrome to take part in the Olympic games prevents them from achieving their full potential.
That is why we decided to provide a platform for people with Down Syndrome to participate in the Olympic games. We believe that these people have what it takes to compete. Once they realize that they can compete like anybody else, they will be more motivated to pursue other life activities.
Allowing athletes with learning disabilities commonly associated with Down Syndrome to participate in Olympic Games raises international awareness about the condition. It will also give hope to parents of children who have Down Syndrome.
The first Trisome games were held in 2002 in the United Kingdom. Since then, similar games have been staged in South Africa, Ireland, Taiwan, Portugal, Italy, and Canada. The last games were supposed to be held in Turkey in 2020, but they were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
We believe that our efforts will promote infrastructure development and encourage more coaches to train people with Down Syndrome. Ultimately, more and more athletes will be taking part in the Olympic games.
OUR ORGANIZATION WAS FORMED IN 2010
TO JOIN THE GLOBAL EFFORT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
of people with Down Syndrome. Our first executive committee consisted of seven individuals, three of whom had Down Syndrome. They began the hard work of convincing sponsors and non-government organizations to join their cause.
After a few tries, we convinced 15 non-governmental organizations in Germany, France, and the United States to donate $500,000 to our cause. This money enabled us to set up our first office in Montreal, Canada.
The next phase of our journey was to convince people living with Down Syndrome to join the Trisome Games Project. Many were reluctant, and some of their relatives were not willing to enrol them.
Consequently, we launched an awareness campaign to explain the benefits of people with Down Syndrome taking part in the Olympic Games. We were not always successful, but we managed to bring more than 500 people living with Down Syndrome on board.