A total of 380 athletes, 330 from Russia and 50 from Bulgaria, will be hosted in the northeast port city of Alexandroupolis on June 20-24, 2011 ahead of the opening of the Athens 2011 Special Olympics on June 25.

Alexandroupolis is participating in the "Host Town Programme" (Polis Amphitrion).

A total of 7,633 athletes from 185 countries, accompanied by roughly 40,000 family members and 2,500 coaches, have registered to compete in the Games.