In order to further promote sports for persons with a disability in Asia, this MoU will create opportunities for the exchange of ideas and scientific interactions through joint meetings, research collaborations, short-term research assignments and related research seminars.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Asia Paralympic Committee (APC) President Dato Zainal Abu Zarin and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Peter Van de Vliet.
“Such fluidity of knowledge will serve and empower the athletes with a disability. In the long run, we hope to inspire similar centres to be set up all over the world or continents and tap on the skills and expertise rendered by DCRC”, said DCRC Chairperson Frankie Thanapal Sinniah.
For Asia’s Paralympic Committees, DCRC will become a resource centre for conducting training and classification programmes, providing technical research, as well as nurturing professional classifiers under IPC’s standards.
The agreement is also a reflection of the growing interest towards research in the area of sport for persons with a disability. As part of its sponsorship, one of the world’s lading financial firms UBS AG will also support disability sports research at DCRC.
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