IPC and PyeongChang 2018 team up for precious Paralympic exchange of knowledge
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today confirmed that the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Organising Committee (POCOG) will benefit from their IPC Academy Excellence Programme for the staging of the Paralympics.
PyeongChang will host the 12th Paralympics March 9-18 of 2018.
This marks the third edition of the programme after Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 and the PyeongChang plan will be split into three distinct sections covering a whole host of areas related to staging Paralympic Games.
This hosting assistance plan will foresee the IPC staging a range of informative workshops across the upcoming five years targeting to help the PyeongChang Paralympics organizers for the best detailed planning and hosting of the event.
"We are excited to sign the third edition of the Excellence Programme with PyeongChang,” said Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC's Chief Executive Officer. “The workshops, Observers Programme and Simulation Programme that are delivered as part of our integrated approach to Knowledge Management for the Paralympic Games has developed over the past few years and we aim to continually enhance this offer through this partnership with PyeongChang."
The first workshop will kick off in December of 2013 and others are planned through 2017 before the start of the Games. They will be informative sessions that will offer opportunities for the POCOG staff to work together to seek solutions to their challenges for hosting the Paralympics and gain insight from industry experts who have hands-on experience and knowledge of the best practices.
In the lead up to Games time, the IPC Academy will host a host a “Simulation and Readiness Programme” that will allow for the POCOG staff to take on specific Paralympic Games exercises. During this phase of the program the IPC Academy will observe and gather feedback from the senior staff as to their preparation time delivery and gauge their decision making.
Recently in Manchester, United Kingdom, a workshop was carried out for the Sochi 2014 organizing committee and a final Games-wide readiness simulation will be held in the host city in November.
The third phase of the Excellence Programme is the Observers Programme and Games Debrief that will include on the spot training. The POCOG team will observe the Sochi and Rio Paralympics to learn lessons about Games time delivery and to glean valuable insight.
The Debrief will then offer opportunities for reflection and discussions following each edition and PyeongChang will host the Sochi 2014 Debrief in July of 2014.
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