BONN, Germany – After the last governance review of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) happened in 2004, a new President in Andrew Parsons has lead to the call for another review. That review, part of Parson’s promises to get elected, will now get underway, with the goal to strengthen the IPC as “a world leading sports organization”.
“When I was elected IPC President, I committed to make the IPC an organisation for all and to fully unlock the potential of the Paralympic Movement,” said Parsons. “In order to achieve this it is vital the IPC has in place the best and most up-to-date sports governance structures so that it is well positioned for further development and growth in the years ahead.”
To secure a genuine review of IPC governance, Parsons will not be taking part in the review, instead the highest ranking IPC member will be Vice President Duane Kale. Eight members will make up the working group, with representatives from all regions, an athlete representative, and a sport representative.
“We are fortunate that we start this review from a position of strength. The current IPC governance structures are far from broken, but since the last governance review in 2004 the IPC and Paralympic Movement have grown beyond all recognition,” said Parsons. “With tremendous growth, comes greater responsibility, interest and scrutiny. Therefore, we must ensure that the IPC is an organisation with best practice and robust governance at its core.”
Kale will be the chairperson of the working group with sports governance expert and lawyer Maria Clarke serving as his vice chair. Europe is represented by the NPC France president Emmanuelle Assmann and NPC Italy president Luca Pancalli, sport is represented by Sabrina Ibanez the President of the Association of Paralympic Sports. Athletes are represented by Canadian Paralympian and lawyer Josh Vander Vies, Asia is represented by NPC Kazakhstan Executive Director Yerlan Suleimenov with IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez also serving on the group.
“This governance review will go beyond matters of structures, integrity and ethical standards to include other good governance principles such as openness and accountability,” said Kale. “We have a responsibility to the IPC membership and all the Para athletes that we serve to strengthen the IPC’s position as a strong and highly respected world leading sports organisation.”
Work will begin in May and the proposed framework for the review is set to be presented at the IPC Membership Gathering in September. It is expected that the work will be presented at the 2019 IPC General Assembly.