Special Olympics Bahamas soccer splits first two games in Abu Dhabi

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Special Olympics Bahamas split its first two games in Abu Dhabi, the United Emirates at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

In its first game, The Bahamas picked up a 1-0 win over China. However, later that day, the team fell 3-0 to the Czech Republic.

According to Special Olympics Bahamas Director Gilbert Williams, he was impressed with the team’s debut at the games.

“This is the first time in 40 years of the Special Olympics World games that The Bahamas has fielded at this level of competition,” Williams said. “So, we are buzzing with excitement over the win. The guys are excited, the coaches are excited, and honestly, this team did not disappoint. All of these are preliminary or positioning matchups, but we look to be in the mix in the final round.

“Up next, our bowlers and bocce teams will be in action on Friday, while track and field kicks off on Monday. All of these athletes and coaches have put it in a tremendous amount of work to get to this point, and they are all excited to get out and show what they can do against some of the best athletes in the world.

Around 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are expected to compete in the week-long event. The Bahamas will be represented in five disciplines, including bocce, unified bowling, swimming, track and field and, for the first time ever, unified soccer.