Star-studded Special Olympics anthem revealed

The song has been created by The Greatest Showman producer Greg Wells

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We’re all reaching peak excitement as the start of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi is now just days away.

The entire world will be watching as 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations compete in 24 different sports, and we can’t wait for it to begin.

But now that the official anthem for the event has been revealed, the buzz around the competition has become even more intense.

The song Right Where I’m Supposed To Be, has been created by a number world-renowned music stars and producers.

This includes music producer Greg Wells, who won a Grammy Award for his soundtrack to the uplifting Hollywood film The Greatest Showman.

It will be performed for the first time at the opening ceremony on Thursday March 14, when 40,000 fans are expected to descend on Zayed Sports City to witness the athletes parade, torch run, and various spectacular performances.

The anthem will be performed by Canadian pop-punk star Avril Lavigne, Despacito hitmaker Luis Fonsi, Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny, Emirati Hussain Al Jassmi and Syrian artist Assala Nasri.

Greg Wells said: “I love the fact that Special Olympics is taking place in Abu Dhabi, where East and West will be united. We want to unite the whole universe on this path. Music not only has the power to only cross fake lines on the map, but ideological differences too.”

The honorary executive producer is 28 time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, who also composed the anthem I know I can for the 2007 World Games in Shanghai.

The song is co-written by Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of the chart-topping boy band OneRepublic, and it is designed to encourage inclusion and acceptance in all forms of life.

Tedder said: “We have spent a lot of time on the lyrics and the track as we wanted it to be uplifting and inspiring without being too preachy. This is the kind of stuff I would want to hear, sitting in a stadium full of people. Fingers crossed that everyone will like it.”

The single, which is mostly sung in English, also includes a verse in Spanish from Luis Fonsi.

Fonsi said: “When I heard this track was being done by an amazing and talented group of people, I decided I wanted to be part of it. All we want to do is have a song where people smile, dance and have a good time. At the end of the day, to me that is what Special Olympics is all about.”

The anthem will be played throughout the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which takes place from March 14 to 21.

We’re counting down the minutes until this amazing event kicks off.

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