By Michael Pavitt

Japan are attempting to promote para-sport ahead of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo ©Japanese Paralympic CommitteeA workshop has been held by the Japanese Government in Tokyo to help identify partnership opportunities to support sports development for people with an impairment ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The workshop formed part of their "Sport for tomorrow" initiative, with the Japan Sports Council revealing they will establish an action plan with the Agitos Foundation to promote Para-sport activities across several National Paralympic Committees (NPC).

Additionally the University of Tsukba and the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency will include specific Para-sport elements in their activities and programmes.

Representatives from the two organisations were present at the workshop, alongside International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board member Yasushi Yamawaki and Agitos Foundation director Georg Schlachtenberger.

"The overall initiative 'Sport for tomorrow' provides an amazing opportunity for all involved partners to use their resources effectively," said Schlachtenberger.

"To work with selected NPCs on specific programmes such as athlete pathway support, anti-doping education and more."

Japan are hoping to assist developing nations and extend anti-doping initiatives globally ©Getty ImagesJapan are hoping to assist developing nations and extend anti-doping initiatives globally ©Getty Images

The development arm of the IPC, the Agitos Foundation is designed to help create opportunities for people with impairments and has recently aided Rwanda as the African nation attempts to send its largest ever team to Rio.

They have also supported the Serbian National Paralympic Committee set-up a new Para-swimming body.

Similarly, ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is aiming to be heavily involved in promoting sport and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

They aim to offer assistance to developing nations, extend anti-doping initiatives globally and train future sports leaders.

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