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Pavel Rozhkov took part in IWAS General Assembly in Villa Real de Santo Antonio (Portugal).

01 February 1970
Chairman of RPC Governing Board, RPC First Vice-President Pavel Rozhkov took part in IWAS General Assembly in Villa Real de Santo Antonio (Portugal).

During IWAS General Assembly, the elections to IWAS governing body’s members were held for a period up to 2021. 

For the position as IWAS President Mr. Rudi Van den Abbeele was elected, representing France, being champion and 2-times prizewinner of Paralympic Games in athletics, international classifier since 1994, he also played a key role in edition of a first ever Classification Code. 

Tariq Almansuri (UAE) and Pavel Rozhkov (Russia) were elected as vice-presidents of IWAS.

Paul DePace (USA) was elected as IWAS Honorary President, left his position as president in 2017. 

Karl Nielsen, Dina Sotiriadi, Paul Sekeresh, Ernesta Straidom, Mariam Shukukhi were elected into IWAS Governing Board. 

International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS) is a member of International Paralympic Committee, founder of Paralympic Games. The Federation has been developing Paralympic sport in approximately 70 countries for more than 60 years. IWAS’s headquarter is located in Aylesbury (Great Britain).

IWAS was one of the first organizations, which had appealed to IPC with a support of RPC upon the decision of RPC’s suspension in IPC memberships and the ban of Russian athletes to participate in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In its appeal to IPC, IWAS highlighted that the ban of athletes to participate in Paralympic Games, who have never been admitted to use doping, not only breaches the rights of these athletes, but destroys the fundamental principles of its movement – fair play, justice, non-discrimination. In addition, IWAS provided Anti-Doping tests of Russian athletes in wheelchair fencing, none of which had any positive doping tests’ results. By the decision of IWAS Governing Board, all Russian athletes are eligible to participate in all international competitions, held by this Federation. 

In 2015, Sochi hosted IWAS World Games for the first time in a history of the Russian Federation. In the competitions participated over 800 persons from 34 countries worldwide. The competitions were held in 213 medal events in 6 sports – athletics, swimming, archery, table tennis, Para-Taekwondo and arm-wrestling. In overall team standing, Russian Team won with a significant breakdown, gained 123 gold, 105 silver and 95 bronze medals.

IWAS World Games are held on a biennial basis to determine the strongest athletes with physical impairments. For the first time IWAS Games were held in 1948. These are the second competitions in Paralympic sport in terms of its importance after the Paralympic Games.

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