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9th International Abilympics started in France

The event aims to promote social awareness in the field of skills development and employment both locally and internationally, and foster friendship among the competing nations.

Mar 24, 2016 09:10 IST
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9th International Abilympics started on 23 March 2016 at Bordeaux in France. Abilympics is coined from Olympics of abilities of persons with disabilities.

It is a global work skills competition held every four years. The event aims to promote social awareness in the field of skills development and employment both locally and internationally, and foster friendship among the competing nations.

Abilympics

The name Abilympics comes from the idea of organizing a competition to promote the skills of persons with disabilities. It combines Abilities with the idea of the Olympics.

The concept was developed in Japan in 1972 based on the model of the skills competition named WorldSkills and on the Paralympic Games.

That year, the first national final of the Abilympics was held in Tokyo under the banner Acquiring professional skills leads to a bright future.

The International Abilympics Federation (IAF) was officially created during the 3rd International Abilympics in Hong-Kong in 1991.

The others countries which hosted the Abilympics are Australian in 1995, Czech Republic in 2000, India in 2003, Japan in 2007 and Korea in 2011.

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