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Sports stars provide 'Pep Talk' ahead of Special Olympics

Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate front the 'Rallying Cry' film alongside five-time Paralympics gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.

Leading figures from across the sporting profession have come together for a motivational team talk aimed at athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

Football managers Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate front the Rallying Cry film alongside five-time Paralympics gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.

The star-studded line-up each read a line from Walter D. Wintle's poem The Man Who Thinks He Can.

Special Olympics GB are due to travel to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Games, for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The 128-strong squad will compete in 17 Olympic style sports, with more than 7,500 athletes from nearly 200 countries.

The film, which stars Ellie Simmonds, aims to shine a light on intellectual disability (Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019/PA)
The film, which stars Ellie Simmonds, aims to shine a light on intellectual disability (Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019/PA)

Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Jade Jones and David Weir are included in the film's full cast, alongside David Haye, the former cruiserweight world champion.

Alex Scott, who was a footballer for England and Arsenal, and Olympic figure skater and Special Olympics board member Michelle Kwan complete the line-up.

The world games run between March 14 and 21.

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