"The Congress provides the opportunity to meet the main researchers in the area of adapted sports."
The second Brazilian Paralympic Congress, a three day event attended by over 600 people, gets underway in Uberlandia today (29 October).
Attendees from all over the world including administrators, researchers and students will debate several topics related to the Paralympic Movement such as functional classification, training and development of human resources for adapted sports.
Andrew Parsons, President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, said: “We want the Paralympic sports to walk together with the academic world. The Congress provides the opportunity to meet the main researchers in the area of adapted sports. We want the scientific research to grow in quality and quantity.
The Congress is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and one of the participants is International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez who will participate in a round table discussion on ‘Management of Paralympic Sports’.
Professor Yves Vanlandewijck, Chairperson of the IPC Sports Science Committee will also be in attendance, opening the section on training for adapted sports.