APC President Majid Rashed outlined his hopes for next year's Asian Para Games in Hangzhou ©APC

Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) President Majid Rashed has told a Chef de Mission seminar for the Asian Para Games that Hangzhou 2022 can be an opportunity to build a more inclusive Asia.

Rashed made the comment when opening the two-day seminar.

The seminar was held virtually allowing 44 Chef de Missions to attend, as well as future Games organisers.

Rashed claimed the Games was important to help develop the Paralympic movement in the region, as well as using para-sport to drive a more inclusive Asia.

"We have all just witnessed some fantastic performances from Asian athletes in Tokyo but we know that there are many more outstanding athletes in our region who won’t get the opportunity to compete at a Paralympic Games," he said.

"Hangzhou will give them the chance to shine on a huge platform, to show what they are capable of and to make their countries proud.

"And in turn, their performances will have an impact beyond sport.

"They will help to build a more inclusive Asia as they make people think differently about people with an impairment."

The Asian Para Games is scheduled to be held from October 9 to 15 next year, with approximately 3,800 competitors expected in 22 sports.

The event is returning to China, which hosted the inaugural edition in Guangzhou in 2010.

The Chef de Mission seminar was aimed at providing National Paralympic Committees (NPC) with opportunities to learn more about policies and procedures that will be in place at next year's multi-sport event.

Hangzhou Mayor Liu Xin provided an update on preparations at the virtual Chef de Mission seminar ©APC
Hangzhou Mayor Liu Xin provided an update on preparations at the virtual Chef de Mission seminar ©APC

Hangzhou 2022 said the event enabled NPCs the chance to provide feedback to the Organising Committee and put forward any requests or demands.

The agenda for the meeting included an introduction to preparations for the Games, as well as outlining measures in place for topics such as competition registration and Para athlete classification.

Arrival and departure from Hangzhou, transportation, catering and accommodation in the city were also topics on the agenda.

Updates were provided on sports and doping control, competition and training venues, medical services, ticketing, the Athletes Village and Ceremonies.

Organisers revealed that 19 venues have been completed for the Games, with an inspection of the facilities among the next phase of preparations for next year’s event.

Test events are due to begin shortly.

Hangzhou Mayor Liu Xin, the Organising Committee’s vice-president and secretary general, vowed to deliver safe Games amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"Since the Games’ hosting rights were granted to Hangzhou in August 2018, the organising committee has adhered to the concept of harmonious, persevering and sharing," Liu said.

"We are confident that we are able to stage a safe and successful sports event, with emphasis on safety and delivery of quality Games.

"We promise to further strengthen the measures for COVID-19 prevention control to ensure safety competition."

China Disabled Persons' Federation President Zhang Haidi promised organisers will deliver "Chinese style, Zhejiang glamour and Hangzhou flavour" during the Games.