Special Olympics Info
On February 15th 1998, the International Olympic Committee and Special Olympics Inc signed a protocol agreement in which the IOC granted its official recognition to Special Olympics and agreed the Special Olympics may use the wording 'Olympics' in its title - the only organisation in the world allowed to do so. Under this agreement Special Olympics is given authority to use the word Olympics (only with an S0 and following only Special it is not allowed to use the Olympic flag, the five rings, emblem or motto.
In April 2002, Special Olympics also signed an accord with the World Olympians Association. The organisation is also recognised by the UK Sports Council, Mencap, English Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities and have partnerships with many governing bodies.