World Triathlon helped the Saudi Triathlon Federation to stage the Para coach development camp ©World Triathlon

The Saudi Triathlon Federation has organised a Para coaches' certification and development camp in conjunction with World Triathlon in Al Khobar which included participants from six countries.

The course provided the opportunity for countries in West and Central Asia to send coaches and athletes to take part in practical sessions to improve training techniques plus learn about equipment, classification and how to get involved in international competition.

"I want to thank the Saudi Federation for their commitment and support for this initiative, the first one we've ever done in this area, but surely one that will be a reference in the future," said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado.

"It is key for us to support and grow our sport in regions where Para triathlon is not yet so big.

"This camp has been the first of its kind, but I am sure that this will be a path to follow."

Individuals from Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia attended the camp which ultimately aims to increase the number of countries practicing Para triathlon.

It was the first time that such an event has taken place in the region.

"We are absolutely delighted with this event, it proves the potential of Para triathlon to grow in our region," said Ali Magboul, President of the Saudi Triathlon Federation.

"Our National Federation is committed to providing Para triathletes and coaches more opportunities, with the long-term goal of having athletes representing our country at the Paralympic Games, and the support of the community has been outstanding.

"We at the Saudi Triathlon Federation are looking forward to continuing our growth, organising more events, and supporting athletes and coaches in their careers."

Triathlon made its Paralympic Games debut at Rio de Janeiro 2016 alongside canoeing before appearing again in Tokyo four years later.

It is set to be contested once again at Paris 2024.