Parasports December 9, 2020
Indian para athletes welcome Paris 2024 organisers’ campaign for Paralympic sport emojis
Organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympics have launched a campaign calling for the creation of emojis on Paralympic sports. The idea has the support of the International Paralympic Committee and the French Paralympic Sports Federation. Indian Paralympians have welcomes this announcement and say this will help spread awareness about para sports. say this
Paris 2024 is taking steps for a more inclusive representation of sport by announcing a campaign to add Paralympic sports to the emoji dictionary.
In doing so Paris 2024 is seeking to foster a more inclusive representation of sport and throw the spotlight on the Paralympic Games.
The campaign has the support of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF) and many Paralympic and Olympic athletes from around the world.
Olympics & Paralympics to have common emblem
Paris 2024 is also the first Organising Committee to have one common emblem for the two competitions.
I am delighted Paris 2024 is launching this fantastic initiative. Emojis reflect society and have become a universal language, used by millions of people. Just like sport pictograms, Para sport emojis will soon enjoy their own digital identity, which in itself is a stamp of recognition and inclusion that has a much bigger impact than you might think! – Marie-Amélie Le Fur, President of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee
Angélica Bernal, a wheelchair tennis player from Colombia has welcomed the announcement. “I would love to have Paralympic emojis! People use emojis to communicate nowadays and I think this initiative Paris 2024 is leading is very important for raising awareness of Paralympic sports, especially wheelchair tennis. It would be a big leap forward and super cool!”
#ParaEmojis2024 to show support
Indian Paralympian Ekta BHyan calls this a great initiative. “This is much needed for recognition and inclusion of para sportspersons. This will be More appealing to the masses, especially among children to make them aware of para sports, and would be an interesting way for better understanding of different events of Paralympics. This recognition from digital world will soon transfer to the real world too”.
Arjuna Awardee and Paralympian Amit Saroha is equally enthusiastic. “This is the first time anything like this is being done and this will help the movement grow and spread greater awareness”.
Husnah Kukundakwe, a para swimming champion from Uganda believes this will drive inclusion of Para sports into the public domain. “They will ease communication and expression by Para athletes about a particular Para sport without having to explain them in too much detail.”
Before Paris 2024, the Spanish Paralympic Committee had launched a campaign calling for Paralympic emojis which received more than four lakh signatures.
Everyone can make a difference by supporting the initiative, using the hashtag #ParaEmojis2024 on social media.
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