International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons has praised the government of Ghana through the leadership of the National Paralympic Committee, NPC-Ghana, for their professional conduct in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympic Games.
At a meeting with the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Evans Opoku Bobie, the President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana, Mr Samson Deen and the Chef de Mission of the Ghana’s Tokyo Paralympic Games delegation Mr Peter Adjei.
The IPC President, Andrew Parsons called for a more inclusive society outside the Paralympic Games. He encouraged Ghana to take more action to create a world "free from discrimination or barriers of any kind", even after the Paralympic Games.
"The Paralympic Games are for sure a platform for change," Parsons said. "But only every four years is not enough. “It is up to each and every one of us to play our part every day, to make for a more inclusive society in our countries, in our cities and in our communities."
The meeting which was held at the Grand Nikko Hotel Daiba was also witnessed by Miss Sheila Cleo Mogalo, a Consultant for the IPC handling the Para Sport Against Stigma project in Ghana and Nana Nobeng Amoo-Gottfried, the Para Powerlifting Management Committee Chairman.
Mr Parsons thanked the government of Ghana and the NPC-Ghana leadership especially the President, Mr Samson Deen for “supporting the athletes through the pandemic, with the President calling it "the strength of the Paralympic Movement".
The IPC President Andrew Parsons also promised to be in Ghana before the year ends to champion the recently-launched “WeThe15” campaign, an awareness programme mobilised by the IPC and the International Disability Alliance to challenge how disabled people are perceived and treated globally across all areas of life.
The 10-year initiative seeks to represent the 15 per cent of the world's population who have a disability and is supported by 20 international organisations, including Special Olympics, the United Nations Human.