January 30, 2014 (ISN) – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will stage a major conference for its membership in Berlin, Germany, this October to mark its 25th anniversary and plans for the future.
To be held at the Scandic Hotel, Potsdamer Platz, between 3-5 October, the celebration event will act as a strategic forum giving the IPC’s membership – made of up National Paralympic Committees, International Sport Federations, International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled and Regional Organisations – an opportunity to have their input on a number of issues that will shape the future of the Paralympic Movement.
On 4 October, a Gala Dinner will also be staged celebrating 25 years of the IPC.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “As announced during last November’s General Assembly, I believe the IPC’s 25th anniversary is a superb opportunity for the whole membership to come together, take stock of what we have achieved, and share ideas about how the IPC and Paralympic Movement can enjoy even greater success in the future.
“Since the IPC’s formation in 1989 it has grown in size and stature, transforming from a disability movement to one with sport at its core. The Paralympic Games are now the world’s third biggest sporting event in the world, whilst the membership continues to grow.
“It is important that over the coming years as we continue to grow we ensure that athletes remain central to everything we do and that all activity works towards our vision to inspire and excite the world.”
Formed on 22 September 1989, the IPC now boasts over 200 members and a workforce of 76 people made up of 18 different nationalities based in Bonn, Germany. In addition to supervising the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, the IPC also serves as the international federation for nine sports – alpine skiing, biathlon, para-athletics, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, powerlifting, shooting, para-swimming and wheelchair dance sport. As the international federation for these sports the IPC supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.