The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Executive Committee (EC) meeting came to an end last weekend after two days of intensive work in Papendal Sport Centre in Arnheim, the Netherlands.
Representatives from the Organizing Committees of the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004 and Torino 2006 presented progress reports to the IPC EC. Among other things, ATHENS 2004 informed when Ticket Box Offices will open and that of the 152,164 volunteer applications received, 25% want to work for the Paralympic and Olympic Games and more than 5% exclusively for the Paralympics. Torino 2006 informed that the first test event in Alpine Skiing has been successfully held. Further test events in all four sports are planned in 2005. Furthermore, the proposed Paralympic Village in Sestriere will be fully accessible.
The EC reviewed the first draft of the new IPC Constitution and bylaws, which will be approved by the 2005 IPC General Assembly. Nomination and election procedures for the IPC Governing Board, which will replace the current EC in 2005, were also discussed.
Said IPC President Phil Craven: "A lot of work was done in essential areas specifically regarding the new governance principles, but also concerning sport, branding, sponsorship and development. We are in a very exiting phase moving forward rapidly. This meeting has furthered the solid basis for future work and development of the IPC."
The Executive Committee was also informed that 115 NPCs, all sports and all International Organizations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSDs) have signed the World Anti-Doping Code. Any NPC, which has not signed the Code, will not be allowed to participate in the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games, underlining the IPC's clear position against doping.
Furthermore, four new NPCs were ratified: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Nepal, meaning that IPC now has 160 NPCs.