POSTED: Tuesday November 23rd 2010

IPC to Hold Youth Workshop in El Salvador

First workshop to be held next year

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will carry out its first youth workshop next year in El Salvador, Central America as part of a new initiative to increase the numbers of athletes participating at the Paralympic Games.

With the first workshop being hosted in El Salvador, IPC Chief Operating Officer Georg Schlachtenberger will be heading to the capital of the Central American country tomorrow (23 November) in order to initiate the preparations with El Salvador's National Paralympic Committee (NPC).

Mr. Schlachtenberger said: "The purpose of this initiative is to engage and identify new athletes, and build a network with the NPCs. The workshop which will take place in March 2011 will be one week long, ending with a competition for all participants."

The IPC, which is receiving USD 50,000 from the Foundation for Global Sports Development Grant for the initiative, will be working together with neighbouring countries during the workshop including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

The next workshop will take place in Africa later in 2011.

The Foundation for Global Sports Development's work with international sports organizations helps young athletes from disadvantaged background and developing countries train and prepare for international competition that would otherwise be out of reach.

Participating youths not only advance their athletic abilities, but they cultivate their characters and often serve as role models upon their returns home.

For more information about the Foundation for Global Development, 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 & Communications Senior Manager, on tel: +49-228-2097-230, e-mail: or go to

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