President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin, Chairman of the Governing Board, First Vice-President of the RPC Pavel Rozhkov took part in the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee in Bonn (Germany).
At the beginning of the meeting, the report of IPC President Andrew Parsons for 2 years of leadership of the organization was presented. During the report, the IPC President focused on reinstating the membership of the RPC in the IPC. He noted:
"The RPC is in constant contact and close, constructive cooperation with the IPC on all issues."
Then the issues of preparation and holding of the XIII Paralympic Winter Games of 2022 in Beijing (China) were discussed. Zhang Haidi, Chairman of the International Organization of Disabled Persons, President of the CPD of China, reported on this issue.
Zhang Heidi invited the participants of the General Assembly to take part in the Rehabilitation International events within the framework of the IX International exhibition “Invaexpo. Society for All”, which starts on October 31, 2019 in Moscow at VDNH. RPC is a long-standing traditional exhibitor and will conduct an extensive program this year.
In the framework of the General Assembly, 4 new national Paralympic committees were admitted to the IPC - IPC included Kiribati, Maldives, Malta, Paraguay. Currently, the IPC includes 182 national Paralympic Committees, and the total number of members is 205.
The IPC President also awarded representatives of the Paralympic movement, who made a significant contribution to the development of the IPC. Among those awarded the Paralympic Order are the President of the International Sports Federation of Wheelchair and Amputee IWAS Rudi Van den Abbeele.
Further, the General Assembly considered the report on the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea), as well as the progress of preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo (Japan), the 2024 Paralympic Summer Games in Paris (France) and 2028 Paralympic Summer Games in Los Angeles (USA).
Within the framework of the General Assembly, Vladimir Lukin and Pavel Rozhkov met with the leaders of the national Paralympic committees.
RPC leaders met with IWAS President Rudi Van del Abbeele, IWAS Executive Committee Member, Paralympic Games Champion, IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Committee Chairman Pal Szekeres, President of the International Disabled Volleyball Federation Barry Couzner. The meeting discussed the organization of the preparation and holding of the IWAS World Games and the 2021 Wheelchair Fencing World Championship in Sochi (Krasnodar Territory), the organization of sitting volleyball competitions as part of the Games, etc.
At a meeting of the General Assembly, the leaders of the IPC announced forthcoming changes in the structure of the organization, amending the IPC Constitution. A new IPC strategic plan was also adopted and changes were introduced to the IPC brand. In particular, Andrew Parsons noted:
“Another priority area for me, as the President, was the transformation of the IPC culture to make it more membership oriented and more athletic. Since my election, I have visited 45 National Paralympic Committees, four regional assemblies, and also met with representatives of several international federations at numerous sporting events. Under the leadership of our new CEO, Mike Peters, the management team has also made changes to improve engagement with members, and we will continue to do so in the future. ”
The IPC intends to hold an extraordinary General Assembly at the end of 2020 to approve proposals that will be put forward as part of the first audit of the organization’s management structure in 15 years.