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Pavel Rozkhov met with the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS) Director General Charmaine Hooper in London, United Kingdom.

21 July 2017
The Chairman of the Executive Committee, First Vice President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Vice President of the IWAS Pavel Rozkhov, met with   Charmaine Hooper, the Director General of the IWAS in London, United Kingdom. Among issues discussed at the meeting, were the forthcoming IWAS World Games and elections at IWAS General Assembly.

The IWAS 2017 World Games will take place in city of Vila de Santo Antonio, Portugal from November 30  to 6 of December, athletes from numerous countries around the world, will compete in such sports as athletics, archery, beach para volleyball, para taekwondo, swimming and table tennis. During the meeting, such essential issues as; invitation and registration of participants, preparation of sports facilities, judging and classification processes, placement of national teams and transport services, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, medal ceremonies, anti-doping programs and cultural events for participants, press and media coverage, medical provisions were discussed in details. Russian athletes will participate in such sports as; table tennis, para taekwondo and archery, these sport are not being developed by the IPC. The IWAS World Games are held ones every two years,  since 1948, and considered the next most important Para Sport event after Paralympic Games. In 2015, the IWAS World Games were for the first time held on the territory of the Russian Federation, around 800 athletes from 34 nations around the world attended and competed for 213 medals in 6 different sports.

The IWAS General Assembly will take place on December 2, in the frame of the Games, the election of leading officials such as; President, Vice President and Executive Board members will be held. Participants of the meeting discussed organizational and participation issues, flight and boarding arrangements of representatives, candidates programs and election process were among topics discussed.

Pavel Rozkhov has pointed out that Russian Sport Federation for Persons with Physical Impairments, which is the IWAS member will also nominate its candidates for elections. At the next forthcoming meeting of the Russian Sport Federation for Persons with Physical Impairments on September 21, 2017, a list of possible candidates will be discussed.

IWAS was formed in 2004 following the amalgamation of International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and the International Sport Organization for the Disabled. As the original founders of the Paralympic Games movement, IWAS has continued to provide its 60 + international members with competition and sporting opportunities to physically impaired athletes in around 70 countries in the world,  in maintaining its vision to "Inspire Worldwide Achievements in Sport". The Headquarters of IWAS located in Aylesbury, United Kingdom. The IWAS President Paul de Pass (USA), Vice Presidents Karl Vilhelm Nielsen (Denmark) and Pavel Rozkhov (Russia).

IWAS was the first sport organization who sent out words of support of the Russian Paralympic Committee after its membership has been temporarily suspended by the IPC and the Russian National Team was prohibited from participation at the Summer Paralympic Games 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In their letter, IWAS stressed out exclusion of the Russian Paralympic athletes who were never been officially caught in using doping -  is not only violates individual rights of these athletes, but also violates fundamental principle of our Movement -  honesty, justice  and non-discrimination. IWAS was one of international sport organization which  allowed participation of the Russian National athletes at their events.

The meeting was held in constructive, open- mined atmosphere, aimed at continuous future cooperation and development in all area of Para Sport development and advancement.  

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