EP THINK TANK: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES IN SPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Created on Friday, 19 Feb 2021 14:22:07

With the pandemic taking a heavy toll on sports activities for people with disabilities in particular, the EP published this week a report on the subject.

According to a Eurobarometer survey conducted in 2018, having a disability or illness is the third most frequently mentioned reason for not practising sports more regularly. This is significant as approx. 17.5 % of the EU’s total population currently has a disability and is a figure which is set to rise rapidly over the next decade.

To combat this, the EU has supported over 50 projects through its Erasmus+ programme since 2014. A number of examples of these are provided by the EP.

The report highlights remaining challenges in this area. For example, there remains no universal definition for disability and disability sport. There is also an absence of a centralised data collection on the participation of people with disabilities in sport at EU level.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing obstacles faced by people with disabilities in sport. For this reason, as per the report,  it is vital that sporting events, such as the Paralympic Games, go ahead in order to ‘put disability back at the heart of the inclusion agenda’ and represent a 'starting point for a better and more inclusive world for all'.

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Four new partners join the office (Rugby Europe, ENGSO, LEN and FIFA)

The European Handball Federation (EHF) becomes partner of the office

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) becomes partner of the office

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) becomes partner of the office

The Czech Olympic Committee becomes partner of the office

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 23

The European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 24

The British Olympic Association (BOA) becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 25

The NOC of Portugal becomes partner of the office, bringing the total partnership to 26

​The NOC of Croatia becomes partner of the office

​The NOC of Lithuania becomes partner of the office

The NOC of Cyprus becomes partner of the office

The Belgian NOC becomes partner of the office

ASOIF becomes partner of the office

NOC Poland becomes partner of the office, bringing the total number of partners to 30

 

 

 

 

 

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