The Agitos Foundation will partner with the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Centre (NFPSC) to help increase promotion and participation in Asia ahead of Tokyo 2020, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.
The NFPSC are due to support the partnership with the Agitos Foundation, the development arm of the IPC, by donating €800,000 (£615,000/$909,000) into raising awareness and understanding of the Paralympic Movement.
The money will be used to train members of the various Para-sport organisations across the continent, according to the IPC.
The NFPSC are hoping to introduce dedicated teaching in schools in a bid to ramp up enthusiasm for the Paralympics in the Japanese capital.
The Agitos Foundation already support the Asian National Paralympic Committees and the deal with the NFPSC will help supplement the work they have already undertaken.
“I am delighted to welcome the Nippon Foundation to the growing number of organisations who are contributing to the development of Para sport,” Agitos Foundation director Georg Schlachtenberger said.
“Together we are working on spreading the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality and making sure that the next generation knows all about Para sport before the Paralympics head to Japan in 2020.
“Combined with our joint work in the Asian region, helping NPCs to develop their capacity and expertise, we are sure to achieve some incredible results over the next four years.”
The announcement comes ahead of a targeted pilot initiative due to be launched in schools in Japan in October.
It will see teaching materials on the subject of the Paralympic Movement handed out to six to 12-year-olds before the project is then rolled out in other Asian countries.
“I am very excited about the joint work with Agitos Foundation to promote inclusion and increase levels of participation in Para sport in Japan and the Asian region,” added Yasushi Yamawaki, chairperson of the NFPSC
“This partnership is an important milestone to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and also to leave legacies towards a more inclusive society through Tokyo 2020.
“We strongly believe in the importance of this investment for our future and there is no doubt that this education programme will lead us not only to raise awareness but also to achieve our ultimate goal to fill all Paralympic venues at their max capacity.
“We will work together with Agitos Foundation as well as the Japan Paralympic Committee (JPC) and NPCs over next four years.”
The Agitos Foundation earlier this year partnered with Pyeongchang 2018 to deliver equipment and workshops ahead of the Winter Paralympics.