Sheikh Mohamed and Imran Khan show support for Special Olympics

Two leaders pictured sporting red wrist bands in support of the games

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - January 06, 2019: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (L), stands for a photograph with HE Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan (R), at the Prime Minister's residence.

( Rashed Al Mansoori / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )
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With two months to go until the Special Olympics get under way in Abu Dhabi, red bands have begun cropping up on wrists of world leaders in a show of support for the World Games.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, were the latest to get behind the games after being pictured on Sunday proudly showing off their red wrist bands.

The photo was taken in Islamabad during an official visit to Pakistan by Sheikh Mohamed.

The wrist bands read 'meet the determined', referring to the athletes with intellectual disabilities who will be competing in the games in the UAE capital between March 14 and 21.

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and aims to empower people with disabilities, who are officially referred to as People of Determination in the UAE.

With less than a 100 days to go, more than 7,500 athletes from a record-breaking 192 countries are set to take part in the games that are being held in the Gulf for the first time.

People took to Twitter to praise the two leaders show of solidarity.

Dr Ahmed Raza showed gratitude to the leaders, saying: "Great people with great ambitions and causes, thank you @MohamedBinZayed, thank you @ImranKhanPTI and thank you UAE Ambassador."

Adeel Mirza tweeted: "Leaders of Nations. May Allah protect and keep then in good health".

Where as user @GlintingSoul said of the picture of the two leaders sporting red wristbands: "What a beautiful picture".


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