NMC Health has thrown its support behind the Special Olympics World Games which takes place in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21.

The UAE’s leading healthcare provider has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Organizing Committee of the international event, which welcomes athletes with intellectual disabilities.

As part of the agreement, NMC will provide health check-ups for athletes at the World Games, with more than 7,500 athletes from 192 countries expected to take part.

Prasanth Manghat, NMC’s CEO and executive director, spoke of NMC’s support for both the sporting and humanitarian aspects of the World Games.

NMC’s commitment to empowering people of determination coincides with the aims of the Special Olympics, which seeks to encourage athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The World Games is the biggest Special Olympics event, held every two years and alternating between winter and summer editions.

The 2019 World Games are the first to be held in the Middle East, and will take place in various locations across Abu Dhabi. The Zayed Sports City Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tickets to see any of the 24 sports represented at the World Games are free.