The IPC will be among the organisations supporting the Virtual Youth Festival ©United Through Sports

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has devised an "Inclusive Sports Challenge" as part of its support of the United Through Sports International Virtual Youth Festival.

The IPC is one of 60 organisations supporting the event, including the International Olympic Committee and Special Olympics.

The event will invite youngsters under the age of 18 to take part in online qualification events in October, with winners progressing to online finals hosted from November 20 to 22.

The three-day will coincide with the United Nations' World Children’s Day.

An inclusive sports challenge will be run by the IPC from October 7 to 21, with the event open to everyone to participate.

Participants will be invited to create their own exercise routines as part of the challenge.

The IPC qualification event will have under-12 and under-18 categories, with participants required to perform an exercise routine of their choice for 60 seconds maximum.

They will then need to spend 45 seconds speaking to the camera explaining their motivation to participate in this challenge and what world leaders need to do to create a more accessible and inclusive future for all people.

The IPC says this could be part of the same video or a second one.

Messages should be recorded in English or an English transcript must be provided together with the video.

Participants must send videos to [email protected], along with a signed Parental Individual Consent Form.

Exercise routines of several leading Para-athletes will be shared on social media during the qualification period to encourage participation.

A panel of seven judges made up of Para-athletes, Paralympic leaders and disability advocates will review all entries.

"Never has sport and the need to remain active being as important as it is now during the global COVID-19 pandemic due to the physical and mental health benefits it brings," said Andrew Parsons, IPC President.

"The IPC through its patronage fully supports this innovative festival that will engage youngsters of all abilities around the world and keep them active during this difficult time."

The festival will include young people from participating International Federations, but also from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Indigenous communities and people from vulnerable backgrounds who are often marginalised by society will also be encouraged to participate.

The festival will include virtual medal ceremonies, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and will incorporate a vital platform of education by including an opening conference, panel discussions and workshops.

Topics will include peace through sport, inclusion and non-discrimination, athletes’ roles and responsibilities, safeguarding and child protection.

More than 100 youth ambassadors, together with the leaders of sport and all participating entities will make a unified call to action towards a more inclusive and better tomorrow.

The online activities will form part of a hybrid event, along with an in-person event in Thailand.