The European Hockey Federation (EHF) has voiced its support for the bid to include Parahockey Intellectual Disability (ID) as a demonstration sport for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
Two demonstration sports will be added to the Special Olympics World Games programme for 2023, with the German Hockey Federation (DHB) leading the campaign to include Parahockey ID.
The EHF has lent its support to the campaign.
DHB President Carola Meyer is also a EHF vice-president and responsible for the development of Parahockey ID internationally.
"We are working with great commitment at European level to further develop and establish this variant of field hockey sport," she said.
"This opportunity to present ParaHockey ID as a demonstration sport at the 2023 World Games in Berlin would therefore be a further boost - not only in Germany.
"We’re doing a lot of convincing our clubs to include this field hockey variant for people with disabilities in their offerings, also because we know how much enrichment it brings to the clubs that have been offering ParaHockey ID for years."
German hockey player Selin Oruz, who was part of the bronze medal winning team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has also voiced her support.
"I am very happy to support the ParaHockey ID project," said Oruz.
"I think ParaHockey ID is great and I would like the athletes to get more attention.
"Also because of my personal involvement with my disabled brother Enis, I am very interested in creating certain equality of opportunity for Para-sports in field hockey as well."
The German capital is set to host the next Special Olympics World Summer Games from June 16 to 25 2023, with competition set to be held in 26 sports plus two demonstration sports.