IPC President Andrew Parsons to pay first-ever visit to Kazakhstan

29 January, 2019, 12:59 1511
IPC President Andrew Parsons to pay first-ever visit to Kazakhstan

A discussion of Kazakhs’ recent achievements as well as prospects for Paralympic sport’s development in Kazakhstan said to be planned. 

Andrew Parsons’s first-ever visit to the Kazakh capital city, Astana, is scheduled for 30 January to 1 February 2019, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

The Kazakh National Paralympic Committee’s president Kairat Boranbayev will introduce to the guest the new Paralympic Training Centre, with the following meeting involving Kazakh Culture and Sports Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Astana’s Mayor Bakhyt Sultanov, deputies of the Mazhilis of Parliament of Kazakhstan and eminent Kazakh Paralympic athletes, including champions of the Paralympic Games Zulfiya Gabidullina and Alexandr Kolyadin.  

The meeting will discuss the prospects for the country’s Paralympic movement development, and preparations for the upcoming World Para Powerlifting Championships, that will be hosted by Astana in July 2019.

On 31 January, a meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev will take place.

The International Paralympic Committee’s president will kick around the Kazakhs’ recent achievements as well as the prospects for paralympic sports development in Kazakhstan. A tour around the capital city’s sports facilities and a cultural programme is planned.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is an international body governing the Paralympic movement, holds summer and winter Paralympic Games, and acts as an international federation for 10 Paralympic sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and competitions. To date, 180 national Paralympic Committees, including the Kazakh National Paralympic Committee, 4 regional organizations, 15 international sports federations (for certain sports) and 4 international organizations of sports for the disabled sit on the International Paralympic Committee.

Our athletes compete in the international competitions held under the aegis of the IPC on a regular basis. In 2015, Almaty hosted the Powerlifting Open Asian Championships further developing and promoting paralympic sports in the country. Taking into consideration its successful consideration, the Kazakh National Paralympic Committee has been entrusted to hold the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Astana.

It is a great honor for Kazakhstan to host such a prestigious competition in paralympic sports which is key for powerlifters before the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo. 

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