05 January 2017
When did you first become involved with Special Olympics?
I joined Special Olympics in 1990
What is your favorite sport?
Track and Field and swimming. But I practice also soccer.
Did you enjoy Saturday’s football match?
It was a wonderful afternoon. I had the opportunity to meet great players.
What was your favorite part?
When we played Special Olympics Unified Match. It was a real honour to have spectators like the Sports Minister, the Health Minister, and the formal Prime Minister. It was the first time for me playing football with all those spectators. It was great.
Who’s your favorite athlete?
My favorite Athlete is Amadou Dia Ba, who is the unique Senegalese Olympic Champion. He won a silver medal during Olympics Games in 1988 in Seoul.
Who’s your favorite football player?
El Hadj Diouf. I was proud to meet him on Saturday.
Why does he inspire you?
He is a great footballer. He is doing very well.
Are you still enjoying your pottery apprenticeship?
Of course. I create objects. I love pottery.
What are your other hobbies?
I am doing fitness.
Do you know why vaccines are important/keep you safe?
Vaccines prevent illnesses. It is important to be vaccinated!
Are you up to date on all of your vaccines?
Yes, I am!
About Birahim Waly Ndiankou Diène:
About Special Olympics:
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.