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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is in charge of the day-to-day governance of the Paralympic Movement. Its job is to make preparations for the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and supervise other Paralympic competitions such as the IPC Athletic World Championships.
The IPC was founded on 22nd September 1989. Based in Bonn, Germany, it is a non-profit organization that is entering its 25th year.
The vision of the International Paralympic Committee is ‘To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’
Enable – Creating conditions for athlete empowerment
Paralympic Athletes – The primary focus, from initiation to elite level
Achieve – Sporting excellence is the goal of a sport centered organization
Inspire & Excite – Touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society
The Paralympic Committee hopes to use the story of its athletes, who are the heart of the Paralympic movement, to inspire others. It hopes that their athletes’ performances and stories can create a society more accepting and appreciating of people with disabilities. The movement, which uses sports to raise social awareness, contributes to making a more equitable society that respects and gives equal opportunities to all people.
It encompasses the unique spirit of the Paralympic athlete who seeks to accomplish what the general public deems unexpected, but what the athlete knows as a truth.
The manifestation of the idea that Paralympic athletes push their physical ability to the absolute limit.
When intense and personal affection is begotten from the stories and accomplishments of Paralympic athletes, and the effect is applying this spirit to one’s personal life.
Paralympic Sport acts as an agent for change to break down social barriers of discrimination for persons with a disability.
(Information courtesy of IPC)