Special Olympics

Trump backs off proposed Special Olympics funding cuts

  His remarks came a day after education secretary Betsy DeVos was criticised for defending a proposed $17.6m (£13.5m) cut to the organisation, which is designed for disabled children.

The request was included in Mr Trump's $4.75tn federal budget, which was not expected to pass Congress.

Mrs DeVos responded she had pushed for funding "behind the scenes".

"I heard about it this morning. I have overridden my people. We're funding the Special Olympics," Mr Trump said of the world's largest sport organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.

PNG wins third medal at Special Olympics

Nege clocked 29.98s finishing behind Egypt’s Nashwa Abd Elkader who finished at 29.27s. Gold went to Uzbekistan’s Darya Jukova who stopped the clock at 29.13s

Judy Moi won PNG’s first medal this week taking out silver in the women’s Junior shot put division.

Moi finished with a throw of 2.41 m.

PNG’s second medal went to Grace Dindillo who picked up bronze in the senior women's shot put with a throw of 4.30m.

In other recent results, Thompson Ninkama finished 4th in the 3,000m final in a time of 10min, 46.45s while Mirisa Mana came 6th in the men's shot put.

Special Olympics: Suriname's Latoya Danning wins bronze

"Very well, she did very well, and we are very proud,"  Franklyn Cameron, assistant head of delegation for Suriname, told Digicel SportsMax after the performance. 

PNG doing well at Special Olympics World Games

The Games feature 25 Olympic-style sports and show the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities with more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competing.

This is the first time PNG is competing at the Games. The event is running from 25 July to 2 August with seven athletes taking part in track and field events.

They’re Rosa Nege, Grace Dindillo, Winnifred Kehono, Adrian Lomon, Mirisa Mana, Thompson Ninkama and Judy Moi.

Ninkama did great to win the 1500m event. In the heats, he set a new personal best time of 4:44:68 sec.

Special Olympics: Games get off to flying start

Digicel SportsMax's Lance Whittaker is on the ground in Los Angeles to share all the highlights.