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Preparations intensify for Asian Youth Para Games

By : APC Media
Date : November 14, 2017

With just under a month to go, preparations are ramping up for the Asian Youth Para Games. With final athlete numbers now confirmed at 634 athletes from 23 nations competing for 299 medals, this will make it the largest sporting event for young disabled people to be held in Asia in 2017.

Last week a delegation from the Republic of Korea’s National Paralympic Committee visited to inspect the venues and finalise their advance preparations. The delegation were all from the NPC’s Department of Training and were led by Director Mr JEON Seon-Ju with Manager Ms CHO Tae-Kyung and Assistant Manager Mr Ryan KIM accompanying him. They will bring a total of 43 athletes, 23 coaches and 16 administrators to the Games in Dubai.

The party were welcomed by Asian Paralympic Committee President Majid Rashed who commented:

The staff are working very hard to make sure that all the requirements of the visiting delegations are met. With athletes, administrators, volunteers, classifiers and local government we are expecting 2000 people to be involved in these Games which is testament to the high regard that the UAE and Dubai are held in the sporting world.

Mr JEON Seon-Ju thanked the organisers for their hospitality and stated:

Dubai is the ideal place to host these Games with the combination of venues and accommodation. Holding such an event will help focus Asia once more on the Paralympic movement and will challenge perceptions of what disabled people can achieve.

Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director of Training and Planning at the Dubai Police Academy which will be a venue stated;

The Asian Youth Para Games will be a landmark event and will enable the UAE to show the world the standard of events it is capable of hosting. We have full confidence in Dubai and know that its rare mix of originality and modernity, unique sporting facilities and excellent workforce and especially its leadership is universally respected.

In a meeting on 12th November, the volunteers for the Asian Youth Para Games were gathered together yesterday for a key briefing on the Games.

President of the Asian Paralympic Committee Majid Rashed opened the meeting and thanked the volunteers for supporting the Games and emphasised how important their efforts were in making the Games a success.

The head of the technical committee Tarek Souei outlined the history of the Para Youth Games. The first edition was held in Tokyo, Japan in 2009, where 29 countries competed in five sports and the second edition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013. He said that he was pleased with the number of volunteers that had put themselves forward to support the success of the Games and their role was a vital one in ensuring that the Games enhanced the reputation of the UAE to stage such prestigious events.

The head of the volunteer committee, Hussein Al-Abdullah, outlined the various roles and assigned the volunteers to the different functional areas involved in staging the Games. He too highlighted that the volunteers were the ‘face of the games’ and would be representing Dubai and the UAE to all the competitors and delegates travelling from other countries and was reassured that the track record of staging previous successful tournaments would stand them in good stead.

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