Rowing New Sport In Beijing 2008
After a comprehensive evaluation of the applications proposed for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Programme, Rowing was accepted as a new sport on the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games programme. The IPC will work closely with the International Rowing Federation (FISA) to finalize the detailed competition programme for Rowing. The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games programme includes the following 20 sports:
At the meeting, the GB officially accepted the dates proposed by the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee (BOCOG) for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games: 6-17 September 2008.
The Torino 2006 (TOROC) and Vancouver 2010 (VANOC) Organising Committees of Paralympic Winter Games presented progress reports to the GB. BOCOG also submitted a written report. TOROC will be providing spectators with a disability with complimentary tickets for the Torino 2006 Winter Paralympics. Furthermore, approximately 90,000 students are expected to attend through the education programme. Ticket sales will begin in June 2005. TOROC is progressing with regards to the location of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; a final decision is expected by the end of April.
VANOC informed that the Paralympic Games have successfully been integrated into the marketing packages being provided in the area of sponsoring. The progress report confirmed the full integration of the Paralympic Games into all areas of VANOC’s planning and operations.
As a consequence of the seven anti-doping rule violations in Powerlifting at the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games, the IPC has developed a proposal to fight doping in this sport. This proposal was approved by the GB and the IPC will now work closely with the International Paralympic Powerlifting Committee and the National Paralympic Committees practicing Powerlifting to ensure that the aim of reducing doping violations in Powerlifting is achieved.
Due to the fact that a mutually agreed eligibility and verification system is currently not in place for athletes with an intellectual disability, the inclusion of such events on the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games programme was not possible.
The transfer of governance of IPC Equestrian from the IPC to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI, the able-bodied international federation) was, in principle, approved by the GB. A transfer of governance agreement for a smooth and timely transition at both the international and national levels will now be drafted.
During the meeting, the GB also approved the change of name of the South Pacific Paralympic Committee to the Oceania Paralympic Committee.
* With the adoption of the new IPC Constitution by the IPC General Assembly in November 2004, the members of the IPC Executive Committee were charged with the task to act as the GB until elections will be held at the next General Assembly in November 2005.
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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. The IPC also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.