Following the cancellation of this month’s All African Para Games in Morocco, the IPC President met with African Paralympic Committee President and IPC Board Member Leonel da Rocha Pinto and Machacha Shepande and Robert Auguste from the African Union to discuss future editions of the event.
Parsons said: “Developing the African Para Games is essential for the long-term growth of the Paralympic Movement. Therefore, it is very disappointing that this January’s event did not take place due to unforeseen changes in the Moroccan Sports Ministry.”
“To try and ensure such issues are not encountered again, I discussed with the African Union representatives the importance of hosting an African Games. It is vital that African Para athletes get the opportunity to compete at a high level within their own continent and I am certain that an African Para Games would have a significant social impact as well.” Source: IPC
The African Para Games, due to take place at the end of January, were canceled after a change in sports ministers at the Moroccan Sports Ministry. The games would have been vital for African athletes not only looking to qualify for the 2020 Summer Paralympics, but to gain experience in a Paralympics-type atmosphere.
Qualification has now been moved to various events around the continent, so all the athletes will still have a chance to qualify for the 2020 Summer Paralympics. However, there may be less initiative from NPCs to participate now that the costs of travel and other expenditures have gone up.
The 2020 Summer Paralympics will take place in Tokyo from the 25th of August, until the 6th of September. It is expected that some 4,500 athletes will participate. Please continue to follow Totallympics Media for further updates about Para-sport as we get closer to the games.