In co-operation with World Para Athletics (WPA) and Paralympic Committee of the Philippines, the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) hosted a three-day ‘World Para Athletics Competition Management Course’ in Manila, Philippines, from September 17 to 19, 2019.
The programme, that aimed to give guidance to nations to organise Para Athletics competitions within their countries, had the participation of 12 officials, who are managers, technical officials and coaches, from Bahrain, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Philippines.
It was delivered to selected countries within the Asian Region in order to further develop Para athletics in their regions and knowledge of the Paralympic Movement in the countries.
Moreover, as Philippines gets ready to host the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in January, APC is trying to support the Sub-regional Games in terms of training local experts as a legacy of the Games. Thus, six participants from the host nation took part in the workshop.
APC Sports Manager Seung-Hoon Lee said: “We are very happy to hold ‘World Para athletics Competition Management Course’ in Manila with the support of the World Para Athletics (WPA) and in cooperation with NPC Philippine.
“The overall goal of this project is to help develop Para athletic athletes by helping and providing the necessary tools on how to organise such types of competitions and give a systematic approach.
“We hope that the participants can use the knowledge in hosting Para Athletics competitions in their countries. We also hope that in the coming time, there is an increased level of competition Para Athletic competition in these countries.”
He added that “increased number of competitions in the Asian region means increased number of athletes competing in Para Athletics in these regions”.
In the past, APC had supported athletes and delivered workshop and training courses with the support of World Archery and International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).
Recently, APC in conjunction with Japan Sports Council (JSC), Japan Paralympic Committee (JPC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) held a workshop to promote the development of women in Para sport in Asia, in Tokyo, Japan.