Two Azerbaijani athletes have won medals at the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium.
Niyazi Ismayilov claimed the gold medal, while Zaur Eyvazov grabbed the silver medal in badminton.
The event will host two thousands athletes from Europe and Eurasia between 2 and 20 September in Antwerp.
The games use sports to help those with intellectual disabilities to better integrate in society, and give them the opportunity to interact with others.
Athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in ten sports, including football, judo, or swimming. But basketball and table tennis teams will be consist of persons with and without intellectual disabilities.
The Special Olympics event is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It has been dubbed the “games of the heart” because it is meant to be more than just a sports event.