A variety of figures within the Asian Paralympic Movement are set to come together for the webinars ©APC

The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced a number of webinars to support the development of the Paralympic Movement on the continent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with International Federations (IFs) and International Disability Sport Organisations, the webinars will look to educate and inform Asian National Paralympic Committees (NPC), athletes and future Asian Para Games organisers on various topics.

These include technical aspects of sports, classification and tips on bidding and hosting tournaments.

"We've been holding online meetings with each of our NPCs to understand the impact of COVID-19 and to establish how we can help them to hopefully emerge stronger," APC President Majid Rashed said.

"It's clear that the cancellation of many events and activities due to the pandemic has been disappointing and frustrating but we were determined to try to make the best of the situation.

"We therefore have decided to turn this pause in the normal sporting calendar into a positive and to use the time to share knowledge and expertise with our membership and the webinar series is designed to do just that."

APC President Majid Rashed believes the webinars can bring a "positive" from the pause in live Para-sport ©APC
APC President Majid Rashed believes the webinars can bring a "positive" from the pause in live Para-sport ©APC

The first webinar will be on August 27, when World Para Powerlifting will deliver an introduction to its Lift Educational Video Database.

This will be followed by sessions delivered by World Rowing, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and World Sailing.

"We know that in Asia, some sports are widely practised, others less and so we are pleased to be working with IFs such as IWRF and World Sailing to equip NPCs with the knowledge of how to develop these sports further," added APC chief executive Tarek Souei.

"Even within the widely practised sports there is an opportunity to educate NPCs and officials on their latest technical developments.

"We hope that this series of webinars will help us to continue with our mission to support the NPCs to enable Asian para-athletes achieve sporting excellence."