Morocco is expected to organize the first ever African Paralympic Games (JPA) in history in January 2020 in Rabat, reports RFI quoting the African Paralympic Committee (APC).
“We have tabled a memorandum of understanding (with the Moroccan authorities) for study. Perhaps, within 15 days, it will be signed by the Minister of Youth and Sports and the President of the African Paralympic Committee” said Hamid El Aouni, president of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Sports for the Disabled (FRMSPH) and 1st vice-president of the APC.
The two parties had already mentioned this eventuality, at the end of October 2018 in Algiers, during a meeting of the continent’s sports ministers, organized by the African Union. Since then, the contacts have been maintained and the outlines of the organization have become clearer. This historic event for sport in general and disabled sport in particular should probably take place in Rabat in January 2020.
Seven disciplines are currently on the program of these Games: athletics, wheelchair basketball, blind football, goalball, weightlifting, para-taekwondo and sitting volleyball. It remains to be seen whether these events will qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games (August 25 to September 6, 2020).
Morocco will therefore organize a second major sports rally in a row, if the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi El Alami, and APC boss, Angolan Leonel da Rocha Pinto, sign an agreement within days. Morocco is indeed supposed to host the 2019 African Games from August 23rd to September 3rd, in Casablanca, Rabat and Khemisset. In previous editions of the African Games, disabled sports competitions were held. But the creation of clean African Paralympic Games had been under discussion for several years.