The newly formed APC Executive Board met in Beijing. APC

The newly appointed Executive Board of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) held its inaugural meeting in Beijing, China, focusing on preparations for the upcoming Tashkent 2025 Asian Youth Para Games and Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Para Games.

During the 33rd meeting, which was opened by APC President Majid Rashed, discussions also focused on the development of the new Strategic Plan for 2024-2027, which includes the upcoming Asian Youth Para Games in Tashkent in 2025 and the Asian Para Games in Aichi-Nagoya in 2026, as well as updates from various Standing Committees and sub-regional representatives.

Welcoming the new Board to its first official meeting since its appointment, Rashed said: "2023 was a remarkable year for the entire Asian family - the Hangzhou Asian Para Games were the best ever. And we want to maintain that level with the same dedication and commitment. There were challenges too but together we made it a year to remember.

"And as we look to the future, with your support and expertise, I hope to provide our athletes with the best opportunities and platform to grow on and off the field. With the new Board, with several new members and some extending their terms, I am very much looking forward to another fruitful year of making progress towards an inclusive Asia," said Rashed.

Chinese athletes and a delegation from the Asian Paralympic Committee held a useful meeting. APC
Chinese athletes and a delegation from the Asian Paralympic Committee held a useful meeting. APC

Mr. You Liang, vice-president of the executive board of the China Disabled Persons' Federation welcomed the new APC Board in Beijing, which marks the beginning of their four-year tenure. Presentations on the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and updates on future Games – Doha 2030 and Riyadh 2034 Asian Para Games were also part of the agenda.

The Board also met with NPC China and China Disabled Persons’ Federation to discuss a few important matters. "The APC family is very thankful to the NPC China and China Disabled Persons’ Federation for their kind support and cooperation and for hosting us here. We feel like home here," said Rashed.

After the Executive Board meeting, the APC delegation toured venues, interacted with Chinese Paralympic athletes training for Paris 2024 at the China Administration of Sport for Persons with Disabilities, and visited the National Alpine Skiing Centre and Beijing Olympic/Paralympic Museum.