Lithuanian Sports University and Lithuanian Paralympic Committee are to develop a strategy for sports of people with disabilities

LSU Rector Diana Rėklaitienė and the President of Lithuanian Paralympic Committee Mindaugas Bilius signed an agreement, which will enable Lithuanian Sports University (LSU) and Lithuanian Paralympic Committee (LPOK) to work together on disability sport projects.

“We hope that together with the experienced Lithuanian Sports University professionals, coaches and students we will carry out work important for disabled athletes. The main axis of cooperation between LSU and the Paralympic Committee is to develop a strategy for sports of the disabled that should be integrated into the overall national sports strategy,” said M. Bilius.

The Rector of LSU D. Rėklaitienė was pleased that the University has been training specialists of adapted physical activity, whose assistance is necessary for people with special needs, for some decades. “University specialists are willing to share their knowledge with the coaches of the people with disabilities. The environment of the university is adapted for people with disabilities to learn, engage and succeed in sports. Therefore, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Paralympic Committee, we will continue to make sure that people with disabilities actually integrate into sport,” said D. Rėklaitienė.

The support of the Government and the Seimas is of particular importance in order to consolidate the future strategy for sports of the disabled at the state level. Kornelija Tiesnesytė, the Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sports, and Kęstutis Smirnovas, the Chairman of the Commission for Youth and Sport Affairs of the Seimas, who participated in the signing of the cooperation agreement, ensured that the accessibility of sport to people with disabilities will be one of the top priorities of the sports strategy.