New Delhi, November 23: The Paralympic Committee of India has
announced that the first steps towards establishing the Indian Para Sports
Academy would be taken on Tuesday when the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
President Sir Philip Craven lays its foundation stone at the Jawaharlal Nehru
Stadium complex here.
"We are looking forward to having Sir Philip in Delhi over the next couple of days and to be able to train the spot light on Para Sports in India," said PCI President Rajesh Tomar. "Sir Philip will deliver the keynote address at the UNESCO Conference on Monday. He will also meet the Indian medal winners at the recent Asian Para Games in Incheon.”
Mr. Tomar said Sir Philip’s visit would help raise the profile of Paralympic sport in India awareness by reaching out to the general public. “We have a large population of people with special abilities but little has been done towards encouraging them to take to sport. We have initiated a number of measures, including the 1st Indian Open Para National Games - 2015 from March 3 to 10, 2015,” he said.
The inaugural Indian Open will be the first of its kind in India and a big step forward as it is being actively supported by Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment along with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It will give many of the 2000 Indian Para athletes the opportunity to compete in multi-discipline Games for the first time. At the same time, it will give India the chance to embrace the Paralympic Movement in a better manner.
"Besides securing the support of the Ministry of Disabilities, PCI has secured the inclusion of corporate support to Paralympic Sport as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activities and secure tax benefits. We are also grateful to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport and the Sports Authority of India for establishing the Para Sports Academy with PCI," Mr. Tomar said. "Sir Philip is a role model and his visit will enhance our dream of ensuring that Paralympic Movement gains deeper roots in India," the PCI President said. “It is a great chance for us to familiarize more Indians with Para Sport and impress on them to create a more inclusive society. He will be meeting officials in Government and Olympic movement to spur that process."
Mr. Tomar also said, "During his India visit Sir Philip Craven would be
meeting legendry Cricketer and ambassador of PCI, Mr. Kapil Dev and also
officials in Government & Indian Olympic Association and will give boost to
Paralympic movement process."
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