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From 7–13 February 2009, Boise, Idaho in the USA, will host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which is expected to attract up to 3,000 athletes from more than 85 nations to compete in seven Olympic–type sports.

From 7–13 February 2009, Boise, Idaho in the USA, will host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which is expected to attract up to 3, 000 athletes from more than 85 nations to compete in seven Olympic–type sports: Alpine skiing, cross–country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoe racing and speed skating. In October 2008, US Senator Larry Craig and Republican Mike Simpson helped write a bill that includes $3m for the event. Craig and Simpson, both Idaho Republicans, are on the Senate and House committees that crafted the spending package and included the additional money for the February games. Idaho's US congressional members have already secured $7. 5m for the 2009 Special Olympics. And already, $3m in state funding for the games was secured earlier this year. That money will help provide transportation, accommodation and translation work for the event. The games are likely to cost about $35m, but organisers foresee a return of $42m. Some 3, 000 disabled athletes from 85 countries are expected to compete.

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