POSTED: Friday September 4th 2009

IPC Celebrates 20 Years Today

20-Year Anniversary for IPC and 10-Year Anniversary of the Bonn Headquarters.

Bonn, Germany – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is
officially celebrating its 20-Year Anniversary today in Bonn, Germany.
At the same time it is also commemorating its 10-Year Anniversary of
the Bonn Headquarters.

The inspiring celebration of these two milestones for the IPC is
currently taking place at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany.
Official speeches of welcome are being given by Federal Minister of the
Interior Dr. Wolfgang Schaeuble, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary
General on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke,
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President Dr. Thomas Bach,
HSH Prince Albert II. of Monaco, Lord Mayor of Bonn Baerbel Dieckmann
and IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

With more than 350 guests, personalities from the world of sport,
economics and politics, as well as members of the Paralympic Movement
are taking part in the celebration.

IPC President Sir Philip Craven has been welcoming the many guests
today and said that the gathering reflects positively on the countless
achievements over the last two decades. “I am very happy to see so many
familiar faces here today. This is a chance to recognize the growth of
both the organization and the Paralympic Movement,” Sir Philip said.
“Whether we look to the development of the Paralympic Games or
Paralympic Sport in general, the global audience has become more aware
about athletes with a disability. This has always been our aim, and
will continue to inspire us further.”

The full programme today also includes panel discussions on themes such
as “The Paralympic Movement – A History of Change” and “The Paralympic
Games – From Challenger to Frontrunner”. The first discussion is being
lead by Mr. Lemke and addresses the topic “Paralympic Sport – A
catalyst for the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights for
Persons with a Disability”. Further panellists include Deputy Secretary
General of the National Paralympic Committee of China Guozhong Zhang,
President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry
Chernyshenko, former IPC President Dr. Robert D. Steadward, and former
IPC Athletes’ Council Chairperson Ljiljana Ljubisic.

The second round of discussion is being lead by the Chairman of the
London 2012 Organizing Committee Lord Sebastian Coe and holds the topic
“The London 2012 Paralympic Games Approach”. Those taking part in the
discussion include IPC President Sir Philip Craven, IOC Olympic Games
Executive Director Gilbert Felli, Head of ABC TV Sport and Events
Justin Holdforth, Chief Marketing Officer Otto Bock Healthcare Dr.
Helmut Pfuhl, and British Paralympian Danielle Brown. They will discuss
the future of the Paralympic Movement and debate its challenges and

The evening will be closed with an official dinner of the Paralympic
Family celebrating the reunion of friends and companions, providing the
opportunity to reminisce about the past and look ahead to future

Photos and footage of the day can be made available to interested media
organizations. Video footage of the day (a highlight package in
broadcast quality) can be downloaded via FTP using the following login

FTP Server:

User: web115f3


Please contact Eva Werthmann, IPC New Media and Broadcasting Co-ordinator, for further details.

For more information about the IPC and its history, please visit the official website at


Notes to the Editor:

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing
body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and
Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for
nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World
Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling
Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing
sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner
to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic
values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Media and
Communications Senior Manager, on tel: +49-2008-2097-230, e-mail:

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Keywords · IPC · Paralympics · Wolfgang Schaeuble · Wilfried Lemke · Thomas Bach · HSH Prince Albert II. of Monaco · Baerbel Dieckmann · Sir Philip Craven

Name: Steffi Klein
Organization: International Paralympic Committee
Phone: +49-228-2097-200

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