The Moroccan capital of Rabat has been awarded hosting rights to the first edition of the African Para Games, which will take place next January.
Around 1,200 athletes are set to compete at the Games, which will feature events in athletics, blind football, goalball, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, taekwondo and wheelchair basketball. Most of the events will serve as qualifiers for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The announcement comes after a protocol agreement was signed in the presence of International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons.
African Paralympic Committee president Leonel da Rocha Pinto said: “It is another important step for the recognition of sports for people with disabilities in the African continent. A dream becomes a reality.”
Athlete classification evaluation, anti-doping educational courses and a ‘Proud Paralympian’ workshop will be held in the run-up to, and during, the inaugural African Para Games.