The host agreement was signed by the Korean NPC Secretary General Kyung-Sik CHOI, IPC President Sir Philip CRAVEN and IPC CEO Xavier GONZALEZ in Assen, the Netherlands, on occasion of the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Commented CRAVEN, 'This will be the thirteenth General Assembly and the third time that it takes place in Asia. I am confident that NPC Korea will be a great host to the IPC Membership and look forward to visiting the country once again.'
Preceding the General Assembly, from 15-16 November, the IPC Conference will take place. In 2005, the topics of the Conference were: Classification Code, Sport Independence, Anti-Doping and Paralympic Games. The theme of the 2007 IPC Conference will be announced at a later stage.
The bid by the Korean NPC was fully supported by the government of Korea who have also provided a financial guarantee for the 2007 IPC General Assembly.
'I think it is Korea's honour to have finally succeeded in hosting the biggest international conference in sports for persons with a disability since the Korean Paralympic Committee [KPC] was founded only nine months ago. From now on, Korea will do its best for the most successful IPC General Assembly ever held by closely co-operating with the IPC,' said Ms. Hyang-Sook JANG, President of the Korea Sports Association for the Disabled (KOSAD) and KPC.
The IPC 2005 General Assembly in Beijing, China, was the largest General Assembly to date, with more than 300 participants from 90 NPCs, five Regional Organizations, four International Organizations for the Disabled and 24 Sports.
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