Workshops were held separately for Winter (4) and Summer (22) sports to discuss important issues related to their relationship with the IPC and specific matters concerning the upcoming editions of the respective Paralympic Summer or Winter Games.
The Summer Sports finalized the principles for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Qualification Criteria and further developed the process for criteria, to be approved by the IPC Governing Board. They also began the formal process of approving the competition venues for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
Among other matters, the Sports Council adopted a new budget allocation formula which will change the way in which funding is allocated to each sport.
Over 40 participants attended the meeting and received a number of presentations from IPC departments and several external experts.
Presentations were made on the Paralympic Results and Information System (PRIS), looking at how to improve the system and how to create the necessary requirements per sport to ensure that the Beijing PRIS system will be improved, on attracting spectator interest for sport and on how to increase television time for the Paralympics.
The Sport Council discussed Anti-Doping and the establishment of an IPC wide Classification Code setting the framework for all sport specific classification systems. The delegates also looked at the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC) Games 2006, where 12,000 athletes are expected to compete in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and sailing is on the sports programme for the first time.
Attendees also participated in a Team Building exercise with the IPC Management Team to strengthen relations and enhance communication.
Sports Council Interim Chairperson Fred JANSEN commented, 'The SC meeting was held in a wonderful atmosphere. The teambuilding session allowed us to strengthen the relationship between SC members and the IPC Management Team. A diversity of information was exchanged and some interesting presentations were given. The discussions held will enable us to move the sports forward into the new IPC era.'