"... We’re confident that this website will help us communicate more effectively and ultimately help us to achieve our new vision."
To mark 150 days to go to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Asian Paralympic Committee’s (APC) President Majid Rashed unveiled a new website for the organisation on Monday (11 April).
Rashed stated that the next six years provide a perfect opportunity to deliver exceptional growth of the Paralympic Movement in Asia.
“Whilst para-athletes around the globe are gaining increasing levels of recognition, we know that our region is underrepresented,” Rashed said in a message to its 42 member nations. “Asia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s population and yet we fielded only 20 per cent of the athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. [International Paralympic Committee] IPC President Sir Philip Craven recently said ‘The world needs to realise the value of individuals practicing sport and in particular Paralympic Sport’ which is why we have the ambition to grow the Paralympic Movement in Asia.
“After Rio, the next three Paralympic Games will be in our region and this, coupled with the Asian Para Games in Indonesia in 2018, provides us with a fantastic opportunity to drive the Movement forward. I know that all our membership is committed to the new vision of the APC ‘To make Asia one of the leading regions of the Paralympic Movement in enabling athletes with a disability to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world’ and will work hard to make this vision a reality.’”
The new website www.asianparalympic.org, contains information on the members, details of the new APC staff that have been put in place since President Rashid’s election and all the key information on upcoming Games.
The APC is also committed to expanding its use of social media and is commencing this with Twitter (@asianparalympic) and Facebook but will also launch on Youtube and Google+.
Rashid commented further:
“The new website is an important step forward both in terms of the design and the quality of information on offer. As we move into the intense period of Paralympic competition in Asia, we’re confident that this website will help us communicate more effectively and ultimately help us to achieve our new vision.”