Training session for journalists

The competitions of 6th edition of the Moulay El Hassan International Para-Athletics Meeting started with a bang yesterday Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the Grand Stade de Marrakech.

Parallel to the competitions and still in the morning, a construction site was opened in the conference room and which was dedicated to journalists accredited for the coverage of the Meeting.

This training session was supervised by Hamid Yahya, President of the Moroccan Sports Journalists (MJS), and Tarik Soueil, Executive Director of the Asian Paralympic Committee.

A historical overview of the birth of the Paralympic movement has allowed us to see more closely the difficulties in imposing itself as a sporting discipline.

The first attempts began in the aftermath of World War II when thousands of wounded and other war victims received treatment.

Sport has proven to be an effective way to reintegrate into society.

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, the IOC allowed people with disabilities to participate in the games, but it was not until the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul that the Paralympic movement was able to impose itself and win its cause.

It is from this date that the Paralympic Games began to take place at the same time and in the same sites as the Olympic Games organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Morocco has asserted itself since the first Paralympic Games as a nation that has given its letters of nobility to the Paralympic movement.

This is how the harvest of medals began in 1988 and which reached the threshold of 38 medals in 2022 in Tokyo.

Subsequently, the journalists were able to learn about the techniques and mechanisms of classification of Paralympic athletes.

Three categories should be mentioned: physical, visual and intellectual disabilities.

Then there are the medical checks that certify these disabilities and prevent cheating and equal opportunities between athletes.

Inside the grounds of the Grand Stade de Marrakech, the Moroccan Anti-Doping Agency (AMAD) has set up a stand dedicated to raising awareness and education for clean sport.

The control of athletes is done on the same criteria as for other athletes under the leadership of a team of controllers on site.


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