APC Executive Board meets in Dubai, reviews Strategic Plan

APC Executive Board meets in Dubai, reviews Strategic Plan

8 July 2019

The newly-appointed Executive Board of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) met in Dubai on July 6-7, 2019, and began the new term with a review of the  APC’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023.

15 board members attended the 22nd Executive Board meeting, and heard updates on APC’s status in the UAE, where the APC is based, as well as updates on the redesigned new APC Website that was launched in May 2019 and on the APC staff structure.

Welcoming the board, APC President Mr. Majid Rashed said: “I congratulate all of you for being elected for the next term. I am very hopeful we will achieve success; we have lots of promises and plans for our athletes. I believe in planning, implementing, evaluating and getting results for our athletes, so having a strong Strategic Plan is important. I hope it will be a fruitful two days of discussion. Welcome to Dubai.”

Updates on the upcoming Games including the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games were an important part of the agenda. Representatives of the Hangzhou 2022 Organising Committee presented a progress report to the Board including information on the construction work on venues and the Athletes Village. The total number of sports on the programme was agreed as 22 and the dates were set as October 9-15, 2022.

“Right now, we have launched a Global Call for the design of the mascots. Hopefully by the end of the year, we will have the Mascot Design and Emblem for the Hangzhou 2022 Games,” said Mr. Zhao Ming, head of the Hangzhou 2022 Organising Committee Working Group.

“We hope the Games in Hangzhou will be one of the biggest considering 22 sports have been agreed upon in the programme,” he added.

The Board also heard progress reports on the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games.  An oral presentation on the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games was also given and an announcement on the host city for these will be made by the end of the year. 

On the second day of the meeting, the Board heard reports from the five Standing Committees - Athletes’ Committee, Women in Sports Committee, Games & Sport Development Committee, Medical & Sports Science Committee and the Legal and Ethics Committee.

Later it endorsed the nominated members for the Standing Committees’ Structure who will be working towards their future goals. 

Topics like creating awareness for women’s participation in sports, building athletes’ leaders, national working plans for NPCs and creating and maintaining a database were discussed as part of the Committees’ plans for the next four years.

Mr. Rashed appreciated the Committees’ ambitious plans and added that “APC will make all possible efforts to help execute them. Creating a database for all Committees will be an important step towards APC goals.”

This was followed by reports of the Sub Region representatives - including a progress report of the ASEAN Para Games 2020 by Mr. Michael Barredo, who is the representative of South East Asia and president of the NPC Philippines.

Suggestions were also made my Mr. Rashed to include programmes of the Standing Committees during the ASEAN Para Games, which is expected to witness 1,885 athletes. “This is big opportunity for the upcoming and young athletes to make a mark on big stage. We should definitely use this opportunity to implement some of our programmes in the Games,” the President said.

Updates on the West Asia Para Games which will be held this September were also heard by the Board. The West Asia Para Games will be held in Jordan this September with around 800 athletes expected to take part. 


 

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