Transportation delays force Special Olympians to sleep on gym floor

Thursday July 23rd, 2015

Special Olympians who arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday night were forced to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University because transportation delays stopped them from being able to make it to their host cities.

Around 1,500 athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela slept in the school's athletic facilities for the night, but Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News that everyone made the best of the situation.

“It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems,” Marigiri said. “They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues.”

The participants also played board games, and at one point formed a conga line, before going to sleep with bedding provided by the Red Cross, according to the Fox News report.

The affected teams all departed for their host cities throughout California on Wednesday. The Opening Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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