The Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC) held a celebration ceremony at the Seoul Olympic Park, commemorating its 10-yearanniversary. Over 300 participants took part, including KPC president Kim Sung Il, Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) president Majid Rashed and Sports and Tourism Policy Director of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jae Won.
The ceremony, celebrated on 25 November, included presentations of the commendation for KPC founders, KPC Awards and the Declaration Ceremony of the new KPC Vision.
For the past 10 years, KPC has put continuous effort to promote sports for people with impairments through diverse activities. As a result, participation rate of sports for all has increased from 3.2 per cent in 2006 to 14.1 per cent in 2014. Numbers of staff working in relation to para-sports has also increased from 30 in 2006 to 600, including 17 provincial para-sports associations and 31 affiliated para-sports organisation in 2015.
The day prior to the KPC’s 10th anniversary, the International Para-Sports Seminar took place on the same site. The seminar was hosted by the KPC and organised by the Korean Society of Adapted Physical Activity and Exercise (KOSAPE). The seminar covered several topics, including the “Legacy of PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games,” “Current Status and Challenges of Para-Sports in Asia,” and “Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Exchanges Through Para-Sports.”
Rashed was one of the keynote speakers, discussing “The Vision and Role of the APC.”