UN athletic competition comes to US for first time

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — More than 1,000 United Nations employees from around the globe are competing in a three-day Olympics-style athletic event in New York.

The 41st Inter-Agency Games are being held in the United States for the first time. Until now, they've only been held in Europe.

The competition concludes Saturday at Hofstra University on Long Island. Events range from badminton to swimming, basketball, darts, chess and soccer.

The coordinator of this year's event is Christina Silva. She says the friendly competition helps workers from different agencies improve communication skills and camaraderie.

She says all of the athletes pay their own way to attend the games.

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