Samson Deen was elected APC President earlier this month ©Ghanaian Paralympic Committee

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons has congratulated Samson Deen on his election as African Paralympic Committee President (APC).

Deen was elected at the APC General Assembly in Rabat earlier this month, securing 24 of the 41 votes cast.

Morocco’s Hamid El Aouni received 15 votes in the election.

Deen succeeded Angola's Leonel da Rocha Pinto, who had led the APC since 2008 and was re-elected unopposed in 2017.

IPC President Parsons and chief executive Mike Peters were among those participating in the General Assembly, which saw delegates attend in-person and online.

Parsons reportedly wrote to Deen to congratulate the former National Paralympic Committee of Ghana President and Para Powerlifting Association head.

"May I once again congratulate you on your election as President of the African Paralympic Committee in Rabat last weekend," Parsons wrote, according to Ghanian outlet Joy FM.

"I was delighted I was able to attend, participate and witness the General Assembly.

"What this marks is truly a moment where we look to a new era in history of the APC and indeed, Para sport across all of Africa.

"I have no doubt that you have the vision and skills to lead the African Paralympic Movement into this new era and beyond."

A new vision and direction at the APC has been promised ©Getty Images
A new vision and direction at the APC has been promised ©Getty Images

Deen has already outlined several key aims as the new APC President, including the delivery of the first African Para Games in Ghana in 2023.

The establishment of an APC headquarters has also been targeted.

"I hope that with hard work, tolerance and peace, we can continue doing the noble profession of supporting our Movement and our athletes," Deen said.

"My victory marks another milestone in the history of the Paralympic Movement in Africa and an indication of a solid and united APC yearning for a new vision and direction.

"I will continue to serve the Paralympic Movement and ensure that the course and interests of Africa become the number one priority."