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IPC President praises role of technology in engaging global audiences in Para-sport


LAGOS – Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has praised the role of technology in the engagement of global audiences in Para-sport.
An online publisher, “the Insidegames’’, disclosed that Craven highlighted the importance of communication and technology in immersing people in Para-sport.
It said that the president, who spoke at a UNESCO conference in New Delhi,India, noted that technology would help to educate people on Para-sport.
“The easiest way to get people engaged in Para-sport is for them to see it and let them be part of it, once they are engaged they very rarely disengage.
“Althrough technology, there are no longer barriers to accessing Para-sport, no matter where you are in the world or whatever you are doing, you can access Para-sport 24-seven via a multitude of devices.
“Even if your country does not broadcast Para-sport, you can access it online and digest it when you want and this will never have been possible without technological developments,’’ it said.
It added that the IPC’s partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which was targeted at increasing the reach of Para-sport in the future.
“In October, the IPC agreed a worldwide partnership with Panasonic and what I really like about them is that they realise accessibility is for all, not just people with an impairment,” it said.
“They have developed televisions that feature a read-aloud function.
“Such measures improve the viewing experience for sighted viewers, elderly viewers and visually impaired viewers around the world.
“Likewise, ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Samsung launched an app featuring an interactive accessibility map which lists more than 13,000 barrier free facilities in over 500 Russian towns.
“Projects like these are key for us, once people are engaged in Para-sports, it’s vital to let them know where they can get involved and participate, the statement quoted Craven as saying. (NAN)

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