The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) and Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote and encourage CP sport in the Asian region.
The MoU was signed by Asian Paralympic Committee president Mr. Majid Rashed and CPISRA president Mr. Peter Drysdale during the CPISRA General Assembly in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain. The General Assembly was held during the CPISRA World Games and it was with great pleasure and appreciation that CPISRA welcomed Mr. Rashed to the CPISRA World Games Opening Ceremony and the General Assembly.
According to the agreement, both the parties will collaborate to increase the community awareness. sport and competition opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions. To increase the awareness of the Paralympic Movement and Para Athletes in Asia; to educate and support the classification system for CP Athletes; to increase training and education opportunities for CP Athletes, Coaches, Technical Officials and Classifiers; and to develop CP sports in various methods in the Asian region.
The agreement, which is effective from the date of signing for a period of four years, is a follow up of Mr. Drysdale’s visit to APC headquarters in Dubai in early June when they discussed and sought APC’s co-operation in promoting the sport in Asia and holding possible events together in future.
Commenting on the association, APC president Mr. Rashed said:
“This is a big step towards promoting and developing CP sport in Asia. I hope that together with CPISRA, we can help grow the sport with our commitment, determination and encouragement. I am overwhelmed to see the enthusiasm and determination of the athletes here at the World Games and believe that through this agreement, we will be able to strengthen the platform for the athletes in Asia as well. I congratulate the entire CP fraternity for this day and wish good luck to the athletes for their events at the Games.”