POSTED: November 12th 2014
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IPC Praises Progress made by Rio 2016 for the Paralympic Games

The IPC team at Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro - Rio 2016
The IPC team at Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro - Rio 2016

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Following the conclusion of the sixth IPC Project Review, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee received praise from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The IPC said they were pleased with the "significant progress" the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee was making.

The IPC was updated on numerous functional areas responsible for organizing the upcoming Paralympic Games, taking place September 7-18, 2016, during the two days of meetings (November 10-11) held in Rio de Janeiro.

During one of the sessions, the Federal State and City governments gave updates to the Paralympic Movement's global governing body. In attendance was the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

"As the Games approach, the intensity of our meetings increases, and we have had two days of very productive discussions...As well as working on the preparations for the Games themselves, we are focused on the transformation of the city into a city for all, ready to welcome the best Paralympic athletes in the world in 2016," stated Andrew Parsons, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Integration Committee Chairman, Brazilian Paralympic Committee President, and IPC Vice President. "

Andrew Parsons continued saying, "There is a lot of work in front of us, but we are confident we are moving in the right direction and making good progress on the journey towards hosting the first ever Paralympic Games in South America." stated Andrew Parsons, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Integration Committee Chairman, Brazilian Paralympic Committee President, and IPC Vice President."

The IPC's Chief Executive Officer, Xavier Gonzalez commented, "During this sixth Project Review, we have seen significant progress on all the areas we have reviewed. In particular, we are really satisfied with the more integrated approach taken by the City, the State Government and Rio 2016 on the accessibility program."

Xavier Gonzalez added, "We have now a much better picture of all the accessibility interventions across the venues, the last mile and the transport network. There is still a lot of work to do, but the plans are in place and this collaborative approach will help to ensure the proper implementation of accessibility solutions not only for the Games but the long-term benefit of the citizens of this great city...In the next 12 months it is critical to continue increasing the awareness of the Paralympic Games and further engaging all stakeholders and partners with the project. The plans outlined by Rio 2016 include several important announcements and new concepts that, we are confident, will achieve the targeted outcomes."

The National Paralympic Committees (NPC) will have a chance to learn more about the preparations for the upcoming Games in December, when Rio 2016 will hold a second NPC Open Day.




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