By Tom Degun

Brazilian Paralympic Committee logoMarch 21 - Senior members of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) have visited Seoul and Beijing to assess solutions and ideas for the construction of a new Paralympic Training Centre in São Paulo.

The tour of training centres in Seoul and Beijing saw CPB vice-president Mizael Conrado and technical director Edilson Rocha Tubiba inspect the facilities.

They were joined by the cabinet chief of the São Paulo State Secretary for the Rights of People with Disabilities, Alexandre Perroni, and cabinet advisor and manager of the partnership with the São Paulo Paralympic team, Vanilton Senatore.

It comes with Brazil's Ministry of Sport set to invest $500 million (£320 million/€400 million) ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in an initiative called Brazil Medals Plan that aims to make the country one of the greatest sports superpowers in the world.

The new Paralympic Training Centre in São Paulo will be funded as part of the project and Tubiba claimed visiting Asia to learn from some of the world's best training centres is vital.

Paralympic Training Centre Sao PauloBrazil's Paralympic Training Centre in São Paulo is designed to help ensure the country's athletes enjoy long-term success

"We've learned a lot with our friends," he said.

"They have modern facilities and we intend to do pretty much the same they are doing on their training centres.

"We are visiting some of the biggest and most modern training centres in the world here.

"We want to use this experience to develop a management concept that will transform the technical training into high performance results."

The Paralympic Training Centre in São Paulo will be a pioneer facility and is set to be one of the greatest sports infrastructure legacies of Rio 2016 for disability sports.

It will be used for training, competitions and exchanges between athletes and teams, physical preparation, courses for coaches, referees, managers and other professionals and the development of sports science.

The facility, due to be completed in 2015, will accommodate the 14 Paralympic sports of athletics, boccia, swimming, five-a-side football, seve -a-side football, goalball, powerlifting, judo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, table tennis and sitting volleyball.

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