Earlier today, Comité Paralympique Gabonais shared that they are now working on developing a national framework for the development of blind sport in the country. Development of a framework began following a meeting earlier in the week with Union Nationale des Aveugles et Malvoyants, the national organization for visually impaired people in Gabon.
Gabon is relatively new to the Paralympic movement. They made their début at the 2008 Summer Paraympics, where Thierry Mabicka represented the country in athletics with a fourteenth place finish in the men’s F57/58 javelin event. He was disqualified in another race after being lapped by competitors. Mabicka was the country’s only representative again at the 2012 Summer Paraympics in London, where he finished eighth in his 100m T54 final and did not advance. The country has never sent a visually impaired athlete to the Paralympic Games.
In the world of deaf sports, Gabon is also largely absent. They have never sent a representative to the Deaflympics. Gabon Deaf Sport, with Ibrahim Adjagbe serving as President, is a provisional member of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. Last year, the team was one of several scheduled to take part at the 2014 African Deaf Football Championships in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. These countries included Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte D’ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia. Funding problems resulted in a few teams having extreme difficulty in participating.