The National Paralympic Committee of Iraq leadership is in Tunisia this week a three-day event discuss efforts to promote pan-Arab Paralympic sport.
Other organizations in Tunisia include the regional Arab representatives from weightlifting organizations. Among the things being discussed is creating a board of directors for a regional organization to advance Paralympic sport, the pros and cons of seeking to promote disability sport as an Arab block, and previous efforts in this regards.
Several countries in the Middle East have been active in trying to improve regional Paralympic ties in order to foster competition and improve the overall level of sport. While not Iran is not Arab, Iraq has been seeking and building ties with Iran’s Paralympic program to increase training and competition opportunities between the two countries. The United Arab Emirates have also been very involved in trying to develop Paralympic sport regionally. Ties in the goalball have been improving in the past few years thanks to a big push by the IBSA to develop goalball in Africa, with Algeria recently managing a sweep of the African championships. Some Arab countries though are struggling with Paralympic sport. This includes Libya, who may not be able to send a team. It also includes Syria, who have always had small delegations and little international participation.