The National Sport and Art Contest will without doubt contribute to the expansion of the Paralympic audience this year with its theme of Olympic and Paralympic Sports. With this being the 4th edition, the contest has established a reputation in the community that will certainly yield the opportunity for artist to be inspired by th success of the Beijing 2008 Paralymipc Games.
Just a few months ago, China welcomed athletes with a disability from all over the world to participate In elite competition. The contiguous nature of the Games in Beijing brought awareness to the public was exiting and inspiring.
The 4th edition of the National Sport and Art Contest is yet another prime opportunity to educate the world on Paralympic Sports and strengthen the future of the Movement. The participants in Iran can interpret the four Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality in the forms of sculpture, painting, poster and caricature and thus familiarize the society.
In my role as President of the International Paralympic Committee(IPC), I was part of the extensive preparation fro the Beijing Games. This year alone during the countdown to the Games, we saw exceptional development in Beijing with regard to accessibility. I am pleased to see what progress can bring to people and their culture. The more information that is written and the more art that is interpreted about Paralympic athletes, the easier it is to relate to them and admire them.
Finally, the IPC would like to wish all participants the best of luck at this contest. The National Olympic and Paralympic Academy of I.R.IRAN has taken the intiative with the theme of Olympic and Paralympic Sports to not only educate, but encourage the interpretation of the Paralympic Movement. The preservation of each work of art will provide a forum of discussion and excitement for future Paralympic sporting events.
I look forward to seeing the results from the winers!
Sir Philip CRAVEN, MBA