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The first edition of the European Paralympic Championship will be held in Rotterdam in 2023. The event originates from the TOC team, based in Oss.
the Almost two years The sports organizer TOC took care of the organization of the event for disabled athletes in the Netherlands. Now there is a green light. For the very first time, European Championships for different sports will be organized in and around the same host city. Around 1,500 athletes will participate in Rotterdam from Tuesday August 8 to Sunday August 20, 2023. The goal is to have 7-10 different sports, including cycling, wheelchair tennis, pocha, goalball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. , Table tennis, judo and parasols are part of the new European Championship. Wheelchair cycling and tennis have never had a regular European Championship.
Ahoy Rotterdam is the seat of this event. Temporary outdoor play areas are also expected to be built in the center of Rotterdam. “Especially in small sports and children’s sports where it is difficult to capture the interest of the media and the public, we find it important to bring sport to the people. We strive to have full booths, ”said Eric Kirsten, founder of TOC.
Such tournaments exist in Asia and America, such as the Para Asian Games and the Pan American Games. This is the first time in Europe, but according to the TOC team it is certainly not the last time. “We want to organize the event every four years thereafter, always in a different location in Europe. We want to keep the organization in our hands. For athletes, the European Paralympic Championship is an important measurement moment as the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris approach. It is a qualifying moment for many sports.
Professionalize the parachute
Minister Tamara Van Arck is aware of the plans and is very positive. “In the Netherlands we strive to be a leader in sporting events and sporting events. Through this initiative, we are showing the world that sport is very important to us and we truly believe that it helps professionalize children’s sport in general. Wheelchair tennis player and Paralympic champion Jesse Griffin is the event’s ambassador. “Everyone has a disability in one way or another. We want to show that we are focusing on the things we can do and not on the things we cannot do. And I think this concept is a good example of that. Griffin said.
TOC already has experience in organizing major sporting events, such as the World Archery Championship at the exhibition in Den Bosch and the World Cycling Championship in Emmen.