Change of Venue for Opening Ceremony

Kindly note, that due to bad weather, the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics Malta National Games 2016, has been moved to the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta at the same time.

Special Olympics Malta National Games

Special Olympics Malta will be holding the National Games in Malta this weekend, between the 24th and the 27th of June 2016 in different localities around Malta. The event will see the participation of athletes with intellectual disabilities from three different countries – Malta, Italy and Cyprus. They will be competing in six different disciplines; Athletics, Bocce, Bowling, Football, Aquatics and Table Tennis. Three delegations will participate in these games – Malta, Cyprus and Italy.

The National Games will be launched officially during a ceremony held at Fort St Elmo in Valletta, where the flame will be lit. The torch run will commence from the Learning Hub in Ghajnsielem.

Anna Calleja, Special Olympics Malta National Director expressed her enthusiasm for the games being held in Malta. She said that these will serve to give more opportunities for Special Olympics athletes who will be competing with other athletes coming from different countries. She said that Special Olympics aims to give athletes the opportunities to show their abilities and show courage and friendship with their fellow athletes, their families, and the community.

Special Olympics Malta has also launched their official website,, which will be updated during these games, and also with activities and events organised in future.

You can follow Special Olympics Malta on the official Social Media channels,, Twitter SO_Malta, or photos on Flickr specialolympicsmalta.

These games are supported by The Marigold Foundation, Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Sport Malta the Malta Police Force, VOPs, James Caterers, the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Ministry for Social Dialogue Consumer affairs and Civil Liberties, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research Innovation Youth and Sport, and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing.