IFDS President Serge Jorgensen (USA) and Vice-President John TWOMEY (IRL) were amongst the delegates at the 2007 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly (GA) in Seoul, Korea.
In total, around 250 delegates from National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), disability specific sport federations (IOSDs), regions and sports attended the event from 24-25 November.
Hosted by the NPC of Korea, the motto of the Assembly was "Passion for the Paralympic Movement: Striving Towards Global Development".
During two days of meetings, which clearly showed increased sense of unity and understanding between IPC and its members, the GA was presented with an overview of IPC activities of the last two years as well as approved the Financial Budget for 2008 and the framework for 2009.
Three National Paralympic Committees (Liberia, Panama, the Netherlands) were ratified as members of the IPC, as well as the Asian Paralympic Committee. Furthermore, four International Sports Federations, including the International Cycling Union (UCI), the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the International Rowing Federation (FISA) joined the IPC as a member.
After the IPC Classification Code has been approved by the General Assembly, the members will now be invited to sign for acceptance before the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The new Code will set the norm for the further development of classification in the Paralympic Movement.
Three Organizing Committees, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 reported on the status of their preparations for future Paralympic Games and distributed information to the delegates.
Said Sir Philip CRAVEN, IPC President: "This year's IPC General Assembly has been a landmark event for us. A number of stimulating discussions arose during the meetings, giving me increased confidence that we are in an excellent position to face up to future challenges. I am sure that our organizational achievements and successes will allow us to stage the best ever Paralympic Games to date in Beijing."
The Paralympic Order, the highest recognition presented by the IPC, was awarded to two persons, who have made an outstanding or long-lasting contribution to the Paralympic Movement and/or to the overall success of the Paralympic Games. The recipients were Silas CHANG (HKG) and Stavros STAVRIANOPOULOS (GRE). Last year, former IFDS President Ian HARRISON (GBR) was presented with the IPC Paralympic Order (click here to read more
In the Seoul Declaration, signed by the IPC and Korean Paralympic Committee President on 25 November, the IPC and all its members committed to advance the rights of Paralympic athletes, achieve sporting excellence, promote values and empower youth.
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