Angola hosts African Para sport meeting

APC and AUC plan series of projects to promote sport and social inclusion 06 Apr 2018
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APC iniative with the African Union aims at promoting Para sports in the continent

ⒸJoao Racy/MPIX/CPB/Agitos

The African Paralympic Committee (APC) held a meeting with the African Union Commission (AUC) in Luanda, Angola from 2 to 3 April to discuss the development of Para sport in Africa.

The meeting was an initiative of the APC and the aim is to promote the importance of sport for persons with impairments, and its huge potential to contribute towards social inclusion.

"It is an honour and privilege to welcome you all to Angola for this historic meeting. This meeting is a follow up to a discussion held in Luanda between H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AUC Chairperson, and myself in my capacity as the President of the APC, seeking support from AU and its Member States for the development of Para sport in Africa,” said Leonel da Rocha Pinto, President of the APC in his opening remarks.

The participants of the APC-AUC meeting also visited the minister of Youth and Sport of Angola, Ana Paula da Silva do Sacramento Neto, to provide more information about the work being carried out to strengthen the development of Para sport in Africa.

The minister of Youth and Sport of Angola reassured the commitment and support of the Angolan government to the iniative.

The meeting concluded with a road map and action plan, aimed at promoting Para sport development in the continent, while mobilising the support of the AU Member States for a series of iniatives, including for the organisation of the first African Para Games in 2019.