With less than one year to go to the opening of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, the Chefs de Mission Seminar was held on November 18 and 19, 2021, and aimed to give a comprehensive introduction to the preparations of the Games.
The two-day seminar was held virtually and was attended by 44 Chefs de Mission from Asia’s National Paralympic Committees as well as future Games organisers who attended as observers.
Opening the Seminar, APC President Majid Rashed highlighted the importance of the Hangzhou 2022 Games in building the Paralympic movement in the region and helping achieve the APC’s vision to use para-sport to drive a more inclusive Asia.
He also praised the efforts of the organising committee (HAPGOC) who have worked tirelessly to ensure that Hangzhou is ready for NPCs and their athletes in just under a year’s time.
“We have all just witnessed some fantastic performances from Asian athletes in Tokyo but we know that there are many more outstanding athletes in our region who won’t get the opportunity to compete at a Paralympic Games. Hangzhou will give them the chance to shine on a huge platform, to show what they are capable of and to make their countries proud.”
“And in turn, their performances will have an impact beyond sport. They will help to build a more inclusive Asia as they make people think differently about people with an impairment,” Rashed said.