The Executive Committee of the African Paralympic Committee (APC) under the leadership of President Leonel Pinto met in Casablanca, Morocco, at the beginning of March.
Organised and hosted by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Morocco and the APC’s Vice-President Hamid El Aouni, the two-day meeting was held to discuss the progress of sports development in the different NPCs including the support received by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and its development arm, the Agitos Foundation.
Even though significant progress has been made during the last years in some NPCs, especially in regards to the athletes pathway support, others are still facing huge challenges.
The nine members of the Executive Committee also took various decisions related to the African Games that will take place in September 2015 in Congo/Brazzaville, Congo. It was decided to organise the APC General Assembly during the first days of the African Games.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were also on the agenda and the need of a co-ordinated approach to ensure the classification and qualification of a maximum number of African athletes.
Leonel Pinto said: “I started my presidency under the ideal of “working together for a change” and step-by-step I see some progress.
“It’s still a long way but I am sure that during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games we can showcase the performance of African athletes, inspire and excite our nations and the world”.