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Thunder Bay, Feb 25 (Canadian-Media): The opening ceremonies of the the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020, scheduled to be held between Feb 25- 29 officially began Tuesday at Fort William Gardens in the northwestern Ontario city, media reports said.
Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020. Image credit: Twitter
Nearly 900 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the country gathered together in the five-day event to compete in eight sports which include: alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating and speed skating, snowshoeing, curling, floor hockey and five-pin bowling, said Doug Henry, Games manager.
Tuesday was spent by the athletes mostly on practice as the competition in all the sports would kick off on Wednesday.
"Special Olympics Canada has commented more than once that they're very impressed with the degree of planning that Thunder Bay has put into this. We're really looking forward to putting on a fantastic Games," said Henry.
Limited space in the arena restricted the public to watch the opening ceremonies, which began at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday but would be live-streamed through the Special Olympics Winter GamesThunder Bay 2020 website.