Sports should be a right for everyone. That was the message when Funkisfonden and Special Olympics Sweden visited Nyhetsmorgon – the biggest morning show in Sweden.
In Sweden, 2 out of 3 people with an intellectual disability (ID) is physical inactive. Funkisfonden – an initiative created to raise awareness and to support Special Olympics Sweden – want to change this.
Linnéa Björndahl, sports director for Special Olympics Sweden, talked about the public health investment and the importance of initiatives like Funkisfonden.
– The Swedish sports movement have a vision that Sweden should have sports for everyone during their lifetime and in an inclusive sports movement. That’s not the reality today. We are working hard to change this and initiatives like Funkisfonden, that are helping us to highlight these questions, are really important, said Linnéa Björndahl.
Johan Glennmo is the founder of Funkisfonden.
– My son was born with a congenital brain injury so the subject is close to my heart. I have seen his personal development thanks to physical activity; from barely being able to move, to walk helpfully today. It’s all thanks to the physical training we put in each day.
The main goal with Funkisfonden is to get more people with ID into active lifestyles and let them discover the joy of sports.
– I’m happy if we can inspire others to begin with a sport. We are also raising money to Special Olympics Sweden so that we hopefully can create more role models and help athletes to the World Games, said Johan Glennmo.
Special Olympics World Winter Games is less than 500 days away. In February 2021 thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators are coming to Åre and Östersund to compete in a variety of sports like floorball, figure skating and snowshoeing, to mention a few.
– We will host Special Olympics World Winter Games – the biggest humanitarian sporting event for people with an intellectual disability in 2021. We are not only doing this because it’s a great sporting event, but also to highlight these questions.
– If the Swedish vision is to have an inclusive sports movement and one percent of the Swedish population has ID – should we exclude them? I think not. They should have the same rights. I believe there is an insecurity and we put in a lot of work to change this. Special Olympics changes life, said Linnéa Björndahl.