The French Embassy in Ghana hosted a prestigious cocktail event that brought together a distinguished assembly of individuals united by their passion for para-sports and the goal of promoting inclusion and excellence in athletics.
The event, organized by the French Embassy, was attended by several key figures, including M. Julien Lecas, the Cultural and Sports Cooperation Director at the French Embassy in Ghana, representing French Ambassador Jules Armand Aniambossou; M. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee; and M. Samson Deen, President of the Ghana Paralympic Committee and African Paralympic Committee. The guest list was adorned by Sports Ministers, Presidents of sports federations, Presidents of national paralympic committees, Chef de missions, Officials of the Ghanaian Paralympic and Olympic committees, athletes, and other individuals dedicated to advancing African para-sports.
The occasion was a gathering and a celebration of a historic milestone – the inaugural African Paralympic Games in Accra. These Games mark a significant chapter in the history of para-sports in Africa and serve as qualifying events for the upcoming Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. As the French Embassy recognized, every individual present, from sports enthusiasts to athletes, plays an invaluable role in shaping this history. The para-sports movement will forever remember their contribution, and this gathering marked just the beginning of an exciting journey.
The cocktail event provided a unique opportunity to unite one year ahead of the Paris Paralympic Games. The French Embassy expressed its genuine interest in ensuring that African Olympic and Paralympic athletes are represented best. The event highlighted the profound impact of sports in breaking down the barriers faced by people with disabilities. It also celebrated the exemplary role models that the delegates and athletes represent for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.
The Paris Paralympic Games present a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity and talent of African Paralympic athletes while strengthening the bonds between nations and fostering the continued development of Paralympic sports in Africa. During this elegant evening, the cocktail event facilitated building connections and exploring collaborative efforts. It provided a platform for all attendees to get to know each other better and discuss how they can collectively advance the cause of para-sports in Africa.
As the event ended, it was evident that the French Embassy’s commitment to promoting inclusivity, sportsmanship, and excellence in para-sports was unwavering. With the support of dedicated individuals, officials, and athletes, the future of para-sports in Africa is brighter than ever, and the road to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is paved with unity, determination, and the shared vision of creating a world where everyone can thrive, regardless of their abilities.