Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Para Games: First CoCoM meeting successfully held in Nagoya

APC delegation and AINAGOC officials pose for a picture after the 1st CoCoM meeting in Nagoya.

The Asian Paralympic Committee and the Organising Committee of the Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Para Games (AINAGOC) held its first Co-ordination Commission meeting on 24 and 25 February 2024, just days after celebrating the 1000-days-to-go milestone to the 5th Asian Para Games.

A 10-member delegation, headed by APC President Majid Rashed, visited Nagoya city for the first time and attended the two-day meeting that also included Venue tours.

Focusing on various aspects of Games delivery, the attendees were briefed about the outline of the Games and the Athletes Village through various presentations.  

In his opening remarks, Rashed expressed the APC delegation’s pleasure to be attend the CoCoM in Nagoya, while praising the commitment and hard work of the organising committee in the preparations.

“We are very pleased to attend the first CoCoM in person. This is an important occasion for the Asian Paralympic family as we have just marked the 1000 days countdown to the Games. The excitement has already begun, and we are happy to see the Athletes Village concept. This is a great moment for the people of Aichi Prefecture and the city of Nagoya and as always, the APC and the Organising Committee will be working together to make the upcoming Games a big success,” said the APC President.

“Just a few months ago, Hangzhou delivered one of the most spectacular Games and we are looking forward to another magnificent event in less than three years’ time in Aichi-Nagoya. I am sure the Organising Committee is putting its best foot forward in their preparations.

“My best wishes to the entire team and as I always say, Together We are Stronger, together we can deliver yet another remarkable event to our Para sport fraternity which will also help create an inclusive society and leave a legacy for the people in Japan.”

APC delegation visits venues for Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Para Games.

AINAGOC President Ohmura Hideaki, who is also the Governor of Aichi, said: “Thanks to our past investments, there are many sports and accommodation facilities in Aichi-Nagoya. We hope to demonstrate a new model that makes active use of such existing resources.

“Today, we will show you the progress of our preparations for the Aichi-Nagoya Games. We will be happy to receive any advice or comments you may have, so that together, we can overcome the challenges that we face, and work towards a very successful Asian Para Games in 2026,” added the AINAGOC President.

First CoCoM meeting for the Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Para Games at Nagoya, Japan.

Prior to the meeting, the delegation visited two important venues – Nagoya City Mizuho Athletic Stadium and Wing Arena Kariya, the venues for Para Athletics and Wheelchair Rugby, a sport included for the first time in the history of the Games.

An expected 3600-4000 athletes from the 45 Asian National Paralympic Committees will compete in 19 existing venues that are in or near Aichi-Prefecture.  This will be the fifth edition of the Asian Para Games, which is the biggest Para sport event after the Paralympic Games.

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