IPC Governance Review Begins


Duane Kale, chairperson of the committee (Photo: Attitude Awards)


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.


WADA Releases Requirements for Russia to Return to Compliance

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released a significant document in the process of Russian Paralympic reinstatement as they released the “Roadmap to Compliance”.

Should the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) comply with all these requirements, they would be reinstated as a member of WADA. While that wouldn’t necessarily see Russia’s Paralympic Committee reinstated but it would go a long way to getting their status back.

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Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey wins 2017 IPC Paralympic Scientific Award

Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey (Photo: IPC)

On Tuesday the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that Professor Vicky Goosey-Tolfrey has been awarded the 2017 IPC Paralympic Scientific Award, which she will receive at the VISTA Conference in September.

As a professor at Loughbrough University for almost 20 years, Goosey-Tolfrey has worked to find ways to apply sports science to Para athletes. She has been working for many years with the elite athletes including in 2008 when she lead a team of sports scientists and healthcare experts to ensure athletes were able to adapt to Beijing successfully.

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Russia Closer to Paralympic Games Reinstatement

Russia’s chances of competing in the 2018 Paralympic Games have been boosted after the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) announced progress had been made by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

WADA announced on Wednesday that they will allow RUSADA to conduct drug testing again, authorizing their Doping Control Officers to conduct those tests. These will be the first tests done by RUSADA since 2015, these tests will be done under the supervision of the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD).

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IPC Encouraged by Russian Progress

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has given press an update on the process of reinstatement of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) with the IPC saying they were ‘encouraged’ but there is still work to do, and announced on Monday that the suspension will be maintained.

The IPC set the criteria for the RPC reinstatement along-side the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and have stated that the RPC must not just meet these criteria once but continue to meet them. There are three overarching criteria that Russia must meet to receive reinstatement in to the IPC, these are seen below:

  1. The RPC is requirement to all the anti-doping codes applicable to an IPC member
  2. All relevant anti-doping agencies are able to carry out anti-doping activities in Russia in relation to Russian athletes without any external interference
  3. Participation in and support of personnel related to IPC events will not jeopardize the integrity of the competitions

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World Anti Doping Agency set terms for Russia

WADA Officials at meetings earlier in the year

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has held meetings on Thursday and made major decisions most notably one decision that impacts the Paralympics as they made decisions concerning Russia.

At the meetings throughout the day on Thursday WADA decided on the next steps for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). In addition to that decision they also approved a framework for an Investigations Policy.

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Four British Paralympians Named to Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame

New Hall of Fame Members (Photo: IPC)

Four British legends of Paralympic sport have been inducted in to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame, the home of the origins of the Paralympic Games.

Shooter Isabel Newstead, table tennis player Jane Blackburn, wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk, and wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn. Those who are included in the hall of fame are all legends of British para sport, which has to have a link to Stoke Mandeville and Paralympic sport charities.

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