POSTED: June 8th 2015

IPC Governing Board concludes meetings in Tokyo for 2020 Paralympics - 24% increase for PyeongChang 2018 Paralympians

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) On Sunday (June 7), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board concluded three days of meetings in Tokyo, Japan. They concluded with approving the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games' athlete and medal event quotas.

It was agreed upon by the Governing Board that up to 670 athletes will be featured at PyeongChang 2018, which will be a 24% increase from the Sochi Games where 539 athletes competed. Compared to last year's event, the number of athletes included a 44% increase in the number of competing female athletes.

Remaining unchanged from Sochi, the athletes will compete in 80 medal events with the medals program for wheelchair curling, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ice sledge hockey, and biathlon. However, the wheelchair competition will expand from 10 mixed sex teams to 12.

Snowboard, which made it Paralympic debut in 2014 as part of the alpine skiing program, in 2018 it will be a standalone sport. Provisionally it will feature eight more medal events than in Sochi, which had ten medal events.

The final program that was approved is as follows:

-          Alpine skiing with 60 female and 130 male athletes and 30 medal events (15 male   and 15 female).

-          Biathlon and Cross country skiing with 70 female and 100 male athletes and 38   medal events (18 male, 18 female, and two mixed).

-          Ice sledge hockey with eight female and 136 male athletes and one medal event.   Teams will have the option of having an additional female player on their roster of   17 players.

-          Snowboard with 36 female and 70 male athletes and ten medal events (six male   and four female).

-          Wheelchair curling with 12 female and 48 male athletes and one medal event. A   minimum of one female player is required for each team.

In addition, the Governing Board was updated on PyeongChang 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games' preparations. They also received a tour from the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee's senior leadership team of their new offices.

The final athletics program for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was approved by the Broad, which will be announced soon. The Board also approved the IPC's Audited Accounts for 2014. Provisional IPC membership to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), World Taekwondo Federation, Grenadines, the National Paralympic Committee of St. Vincent, and the International Federation for CP Football (IFCPF) was granted, pending the approval of the General Assembly in November in Mexico City, Mexico.

At this year's General Assembly, the new IPC Classification Code will be put forward as a motion after the Governing Board's approval. The approval followed a two-year, comprehensive update and review.

Also, the Governing Board noted the updates and letters sent from both sailing and football 7-a-side requesting reconsideration by the IPC to not include the sports in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic program. The Governing Board's February decision in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is final. As announced earlier this year, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature the chosen 22 sports.

Additional, IPC President, Sir Philip Craven met with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe on Friday. The pair discussed the preparations for the 2020 Games and the impact they could have on Japanese society.

Ahead of the November General Assembly, the Governing Board will meet next in Mexico City.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · IPC · Olympic · Rio 2016 · PyeongChang 2018 · Tokyo 2022 · Paralympic

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