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First Co-ordination Commission meeting discuss preparations for Bahrain 2021 AYPC

Filed on August 18, 2020
Participants of the first Co-ordination Commission meeting for the Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games in attendance during the meeting. -Supplied photo

Majid Rashed, president of Asian Paralympic Committee, opened the meeting via teleconferencing

The first Co-ordination Commission meeting for the Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games was held on Sunday with members of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Games Organising Committee (BAYPGOC) discussing several aspects on the preparation of the Games that are scheduled for December 1-10, 2021.

Asian Paralympic Committee President Majid Rashed opened the meeting held via video teleconferencing, while Ali Al Majed, secretary general of the Bahrain Paralympic Committee, led the proceedings on the local organisers' behalf. With an aim to kick off the preparation work on various aspects of the Games, the meeting heard updates on the master schedule, accreditation, ticketing, Games emblem and mascot, classification, opening and closing ceremonies, transportation, hospitality and broadcasting among others.

Highlighting Bahrain's 'ambitious strategic plan' to develop para-sport in the country, Rashed said: "Hosting the Asian Youth Para Games 2021 in Bahrain is a vital part of helping us to achieve our mission to support NPCs to enable para-athletes achieve sporting excellence from grassroots to elite level.

"Bahrain has a very bright future and are looking to achieve and deliver for their athletes as well for us in the APC. Youth are the future of our sport and we are working very hard to have a sustainable championship and to create the right platform and atmosphere for young para-athletes to launch their careers.

"I also want to thank Sheikh Mohamed bin Duaij Al Khalifa (Bahrain Paralympic Committee President) for his great efforts and energy to rebuilt the Para-sport Movement in Bahrain. In addition, Secretary General Ali Al Majid's experience and passion will also support the success of the Movement in Bahrain," he said in his opening remarks.

The APC President also hoped that "the Paralympic family in the region will come back stronger together" amid the difficult time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. "We are continuing our efforts and hope that our athletes will be back stronger once this phase is over".

Al Majid thanked the APC for "showing confidence in the Kingdom of Bahrain on hosting an important international event like the Asian Youth Para Games".

"We trust this event will be a huge success."

"The meeting was a kick off to the Games preparation with lot of ideas and suggestions from APC. And we will work on the suggested technical points and schedule with specific committees and be ready to meet again, hopefully personally, with the APC soon."

At the meeting, the competition dates of the Games were agreed as December 5 to 9 2021.

The APC was also updated on the two venue hubs, ISA Sports City Arena and Khalifa Sports City Stadium which will host the nine sports that will feature in the Games.

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