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Jerusalem hosted a local version of the Special Olympics for the first time. Mayor Uri Lupolianski on Tuesday launched the winter games of the Special Olympics in Jerusalem, attending a gymnastics exhibition and a floor hockey match. The municipality is holding the games in association with the Israeli Special Olympics organization in various locations around Jerusalem. Some 1,000 athletes from all over Israel are expected to participate. A delegation from Greece, birthplace of the Olympics, also will arrive. Competition will be held in various fields, including swimming, soccer, basketball, Judo, track and field, equestrian, bowling, gymnastics and more.

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