The AfPC has staged a training programme to develop Para sports ©African Para Games

The African Paralympic Committee (AfPC) has staged the regional sports training programme in African Para Games host city Accra to help sport development for disabled people.

Representatives from Seychelles, Togo, Benin, Mali, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Senegal, The Gambia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Ghana all took part.

The programme aimed to improve the technical aspects of sports on the programme of the inaugural African Para Games in Accra.

Athletics, powerlifting, taekwondo, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, goalball, sitting volleyball, and blind football are all due to be contested from September 3 to 12.

Ghanaian Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif said the training scheme would "develop the capacity of participants with the knowledge and skills needed for Para sports development and promotion on the continent."

Samson Deen says that more than 100 people took part in the four-day course in Accra ©ITG
Samson Deen says that more than 100 people took part in the four-day course in Accra ©ITG

AfPC President Samson Deen claims that more than 100 athletes and officials from the International Paralympic Committee, World Para Powerlifting and World Para Volleyball were present for the four-day course.

The Accra 2023 African Games were postponed due to an economic crisis in Ghana, but preparations for the Para Games are said to be on track.

Last month, Deen led a tour of the venues for journalists to showcase the Para Games' developments. 

Sitting volleyball and football are set to be held at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Other venues visited include Eden Heights where wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball matches will be staged, and the Trust Sports Emporium, which is set to host powerlifting.

Athletics is due to be held at the University of Ghana Stadium.