July 27 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched two new websites for the Paralympic Committees of Cameroon and Panama – the first official sites for either country.
The websites, www.camerounparalympique.org (pictured above) and www.comiteparalimpicopanama.org, form part of the IPC digital strategy to develop a bigger online presence for its members in the years ahead, with new sites for the Oceania and Zimbabwe Paralympic Committees being launched earlier in the year.
Six more regional and National Paralympic Committee online sites will be launched by the IPC in the months to come.
The new websites feature elite level to grass roots Paralympic sports in both countries, as well as images, videos, classification and Paralympic Games news.
For Cameroon it means it now has a website through which fans can follow the fortunes of their sole London 2012 Paralympic Games competitor, powerlifter Atangana Conrad.
Etienne Songa, secretary general of the Cameroon Paralympic Committee, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity that is granted to us by the IPC to showcase our background, achievements and projects to the world.
"And more specifically, it will help us to reach out to a lot of disabled athletes as well as their managing organisations."
Panama will have two athletes competing at London 2012 this summer.
Said Gomez (pictured above, right), who has won all eight of Panama's Paralympic medals, including three golds, since they first competed in the Games at Barcelona 1992, will be joined by fellow visually impaired runner Katerina Taylor.
"We have a chance to establish international contact through this tool by publishing valuable information that allows us share data, statistics and our pictures on this website that will show our athletes, our sport programmes, results and also will inform the national population about Paralympic sport," Eric Diaz of the Panama Paralympic Committee added.
"I hope through this page we can improve our skills in the development of other tools and also be a source of inspiration for the Panama people."
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