POSTED: September 5th 2017
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Paralympics: IPC lauds record attendance for Abu Dhabi General Assembly

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is expecting full attendance at the 18th IPC General Assembly and Conference taking place in Abu Dhabi kicking off today that will see a new president elected on Friday the 8th of September. This marks the third president in the 28 year history of the organization.

One hundred and sixty-seven IPC member organizations are slated to be at the meetings that will culminate with a new governing board and leader after Sir Philip Craven's sixteen year role as president.

President Craven said, "Through a combination of support from the Local Organising Committee and the IPC I am also pleased that 52 members from our solidarity nations, more than ever before, can attend this meeting at zero cost as it is important that all of our members have a view on our future."

 "This week in Abu Dhabi will mark the end of an era for the Paralympic Movement and the start of a new chapter with the election of a new IPC Governing Board. It promises to be an emotional few days for me personally

"With so much at stake and to be discussed, I am delighted that 167 IPC members, 19 more than the last elections four years ago, will attend the General Assembly to decide the Paralympic Movement's future direction.

"Through a combination of support from the Local Organising Committee and the IPC I am also pleased that 52 members from our solidarity nations, more than ever before, can attend this meeting at zero cost as it is important that all of our members have a view on our future."

Four candidates are running for the presidency: Patrick Jarvis (CAN), Andrew Parsons (BRA), John Petersson (DEN) and one woman Haidi Zhang (CHN).

The election of the new IPC President and Vice President will be the main item on Friday morning's agenda. Later that afternoon, 10 Members at Large will be elected from a list of up to 21 candidates for the governing board. All attending 167 IPC members, plus the Americas Paralympic Committee, will be able to vote in the elections for the next four years.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


Keywords · Paralympics · Abu Dhabi · Patrick Jarvis · Andrew Parsons · John Petersson · Haidi Zhang


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