Saudi Arabian Soccer Player Already a Gold Medalist
By Diego Santilli, 16, and Alessandro Troiano, 18
Scholastic News Online Student Reporters, Italy


June 26—Abdue Aerhmam began his involvement with Special Olympics seven years ago. At the beginning, he participated in athletics. Now, he has been playing soccer for a year.

The 36-year-old from Saudi Arabia participated in the World Summer Games in 1999 in North Carolina where he won a gold medal in athletics. Now he hopes to gain another gold medal with his soccer team.

"I like Special Olympics very much since it gives me the chance to have these great experiences around the world," Abdue told Scholastic News Online. "My personal wish is to have games once a month."

Abdue lives with his wife and 2-year-old son. He works in a governmental organization for people with disabilities.

"I saw the Opening Ceremonies and I wish to give my personal compliments to all the organizers because it was very very nice," Abdue said of his favorite part of the games. "In particular, I liked both the torch and Mandela when they were coming in the arena. I want to wish very good luck to all the athletes and to win another gold medal for myself!"