President of Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin and Chairman of the Executive Committee, 1st Vice-President of Russian NPC Pavel Rozhkov arrived to Berlin to attend IPC Membership Gathering.
Today, Vladimir Lukin and Pavel Rozhkov will take part in discussions on developing of the athlete pathway and athlete classification.
At the second day of the Gathering IPC Memberships will have discussions on Paralympic Games programme, cooperation with Olympic Movement and marketing. The gala-dinner dedicated to 25-anniversary of the International Paralympic Committee will take place on Saturday.
At last day, Sunday 5 October, the Wrap-up Sessions will finish the IPC Gathering programme.
Ludwig Guttman, doctor of Stoke-Mandeville rehabilitation center is a founder of Paralympic Movement. The first Paralympic Games were organized on 28 August 1948. There was a reason to choose this date. At this day the Olympic Games in London began. Ludwig Guttman collected British veterans with spinal cord injuries of World War II to participate in sport competitions. The wheelchair athletes competed in archery.
The first Soviet athletes participated in Paralympic Winter Games in 1988 in Austria. Soviet skier Valentina Grigoryeva, visually impaired, gained two bronze medals. At the same year there were first Paralympic Games held at the same venues as Olympic Games. Our team was represented by visually impaired athletes. Our athletes took 21 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze medals.
Nowadays, the IPC consists of:
Sport Organizations of the IPC:
The first President of IPC was Dr. Robert Steadward from Canada.
Now the IPC is governed by Sir Philip Craven.