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South Korea is hosting this week the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games in the city of PyeongChang. About 2,300 athletes from 110 countries are participating in seven sports, such as snowboarding, alpine skiing and figure skating, and one demonstration sport, floorball.

Myanmar Pro-democracy politician Aung San Suu Kyi spoke during the Special Olympics Global Development Summit in the city on Wednesday, the second day of the competition. Around 300 leading figures from around the world gathered at the Convention Center of Alpensia Resort PyeongChang to discuss the cycle of poverty and social exclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

PyeongChang is South Korea's news sports Mecca. The once-sleepy hamlet in the mountains east of the capital, will also host the Winter Olympics in five years.

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Credit: AP
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Austria's Patrik Pichler, center, fights for the ball with Switzerland's Adrian Wetzel, left, during the final match of the floorball event of the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter GamesCredit: AP
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Credit: AP
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, talks with Malawi's President Joyce Bandas, and Na Kyung-won, chairwoman of the organizing committee for the Special Olympics World Winter GamesCredit: AP