POSTED: Tuesday November 2nd 2010

Beijing wins the right to stage the IPC General Assembly 2011

The Chinese capital of Beijing, which staged the most successful Paralympic Games ever in 2008, has won the right to host the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly in December 2011.

The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the IPC which meets every two years and the decision to take the event to Beijing follows a detailed review of the bids received and a site visit to each bidding city.

Sir Philip Craven, the IPC's President, said: "We are very excited to be holding the General Assembly in Beijing next December as it is an opportunity to build on the legacy of the 2008 Paralympic Games.

"I would like to congratulate the city of Beijing for their excellent bid and I think the fact that this will be the fourth consecutive General Assembly in Asia reflects the growing presence of the Paralympic Movement in the continent.

"We would also like to pay credit to NPC Hungary who presented an excellent bid to host the event. However, the opportunity to build on the legacy of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and the momentum that those Games started was too good an opportunity to miss."

The General Assembly will take place on 10 and 11 December 2011 and prior to that the IPC Conference, which is open to all General Assembly delegates, will take place on 8 and 9 December.

More than 300 attendees are expected at the event and all National Paralympic Committees, Paralympic Sports, Regional Organizations, International Organizations of Sport for the Disabled and friends will be invited to attend.

At the meeting the General Assembly will consider a number of items including policy for the generation of far more Paralympic athletes worldwide and the IPC budget.

To find out more about the International Paralympic Committee, please visit

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.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 167 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Craig Spence, IPC Media and Communications Senior Manager on e-mail: or call +49-228-2097-230. Alternatively, please visit or www.ParalympicSport.TV

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Name: Craig Spence
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