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Parsons elected International Paralympic Committee President

08 September 2017
Andrew Parsons has been elected as the new President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) here today at the governing body's General Assembly.

The Brazilian becomes only the third President of the organisation, succeeding Sir Philip Craven whose 16-year tenure has come to an end.

Parsons triumphed in the first round of voting, achieving the required absolute majority of 82 votes with a tally of 84.

China's Zhang Haidi finished second with 47 votes, followed by Denmark's John Petersson with 19 and Canada's Patrick Jarvis with 12.

Only one of the 163 voting members did not cast a vote.

"I can only say thank you very much to the membership for being elected," Parsons said. "It's really difficult to say the words. I have a thunderstorm in my mind right now, but I do want to thank the membership for trusting in me. I would also like to thank the three candidates who ran with me in this election - Patrick, John, Haidi. Thank you very much, it made this competition even stronger so I think we were four candidates offering very good options to the membership. This is probably the happiest day of my life after the birth of my daughter and the day I got married with Marcela. After 20 years in this Movement, it's amazing to be elected President of this incredible organisation - an organisation that has come a long way facing many different difficult issues, but we are stronger than ever. We will move to the next level with your support. Again, I have said that this is going to be an organisation for all. Please, rest assured that this will start from day one. Thank you very much."

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