Milano Cortina 2026 launches Adaptive Winter Sport project to promote Paralympics

First project of the Milano Cortina 2026 Education programme aims to promote sports practice and inclusion 12 Oct 2022
A woman in business attire poses in front of a poster featuring a Para biathlon athlete in action.
The four-year Adaptive Winter Sport project aims to increase participation in Para winter sports through educational courses and training camps.
ⒸMilano Cortina 2026
By Milano Cortina 2026 and IPC

The Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 presented the four-year project Adaptive Winter Sport on Wednesday 12 September as part of the Paralympic Culture Festival, underway in Milan.

The initiative, included in the Education programme that will lead to the 2026 Games, aims to promote an increase in sports participation among people with disabilities through dedicated courses and camps.

Fondazione Milano Cortina 2026 supports the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP), the Italian Ice Sports Federation (FISG) and the Italian Winter Paralympic Sports Federation (FISIP), in a wide-ranging plan that includes the training of new Paralympic sports instructors, and the creation of additional competencies in the field of accessible sports hospitality and tourism. It also aims to strengthen the cooperation between amateur sports associations involved with Paralympic disciplines.

In addition to the promotion and training activities, the Organising Committee will contribute, in agreement with the CIP and the Federations, to the supply of necessary sports equipment to introduce future athletes to winter sports.

The key values of the Paralympic Movement are the principles that the Adaptive Winter Sport programme also strives to promote: We are all equal on the starting line and everyone must be given equal opportunities to access sports disciplines.

Diana Bianchedi, Games Project Director of Milan Cortina 2026, took part in the Adaptive Winter Sport project launch. @Milano Cortina 2026

"With this project we want to give a first concrete signal of the commitment of Milano Cortina 2026 to the inclusion and promotion of Paralympic values," said Diana Bianchedi, Games Project Director of Milano Cortina 2026.

"The Olympics, and even more the Paralympics, represent a great opportunity to promote, through sport, a real cultural revolution and thus promote a more inclusive society for all. In this sense I am sure that Fondazione Milano Cortina 2026, together with the CIP, the Federations and the Territories, can do a very important job to leave a significant legacy for our country."

More information on the Adaptive Winter Sport project is available on the official Milano Cortina 2026 website and at the Milano Cortina 2026 stand at the Paralympic Culture Festival, held at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan from 12 to 14 October 2022.