ESPN Player will be the only destination in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to watch every broadcast event live & on-demand.

ESPN Player will bring fans across EMEA (excluding UAE) exclusively live and on-demand coverage of theĀ 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, completely free and with no registration required.

The World Games features children and adults with intellectual disabilities competing in 17 Olympic style sports, including Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Football, Gymnastics, Swimming and Athletics.

The event begins tomorrow (Thursday, March 14th), with an opening ceremony headlined by Canadian pop superstar Avril Lavigne, and continues through to Friday, March 22nd Special Olympics GB will be sending a 128-strong squad to Abu Dhabi, as part of 7,500 athletes from nearly 200 countries taking part in the largest sports and humanitarian event taking place in the world this year.

Olympic Rings on the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, 2012.

Fans will simply need to visit the ESPN website or download ESPN Player on their mobile or tablet, to watch the action, where they will be able to choose from live or catch-up streams, from events totalling more than 175 hours of coverage.

ESPN note they are ‘proud of its relationship with Special Olympics, which spans more than 32 years.’ Over the past five years, ESPN has continued to deepen its relationship with the Special Olympics movement. ESPN served as the Official Broadcaster for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle as well as the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics in Chicago. This year ESPN is the Official Media Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games Abu Dhabi.

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