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27 Feb 2004
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ATHENS 2004: Paralympic Games Special Initiative


Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda,Tanzania and Uganda will be taking part in a project costing over EUR 500,000: the “ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games Special Initiative”




Extra impulse to send a delegation to the Games
The project will consist of regional knowledge seminars about the Paralympics and one or more sports (athletics, cycling, powerlifting or swimming) to develop athletes, coaches and administrators from developing nations and to increase the sustainability of these National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). The training will provide an extra impulse to prepare the NPCs to send a delegation to the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.





Human rights-based approach
Says Amy Farkas, IPC Development Manager: “The goal of the Extra Impulse Paralympic Fund and the Special Initiative is to further develop sustainable opportunities, advocacy and quality of life for people with a disability in developing nations through a human rights-based approach.”




Promote the growth of NPCs
The project will also promote the growth of NPCs and the participation of Paralympic athletes from developing nations through educational seminars, experiential learning, sports training and competition.




Joint operation
Jointly run by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Dutch National Paralympic Committee (NebasNsg) and the Recreational Sports Development and Stimulation Organisation (RESPO DS-DI), the project has been initiated and financed under the Extra Impulse Paralympic Fund of the Dutch National Committee for International Co-operation and Sustainable Development (NCDO).





Learn more on Athens 2004




Official website of Athens 2004




Official website of the International Paralympic Committee
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