IOC and IPC sign agreement extension for 2014 and 2016
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today signed an extension to their current agreement, which will continue to see the IOC support the IPC and the Paralympic Games through to 2016. The present accord, which runs through to 2012, will now be extended to the Games of 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The extension of the agreement continues in the same vein as the original document with very few alterations and underlines the IOC’s continued support for the IPC, with the IOC’s help ensuring the Paralympic Games long-term future. The main changes see greater clarification in the roles of the IOC and IPC in respect to the planning, organisation and staging of the Paralympic Games; the use of the technical manuals mentioned in the Host City Contract for the Games; and a revision of the scope parameters of the Paralympic Games sports programme and the number of accredited individuals. This agreement will also lead to an increase in funding for the IPC of 25 per cent for 2014 and of 20 per cent for 2016.
IOC President Jacques Rogge commented on the signing of the agreement: “The IOC and the IPC have had a long and fruitful relationship and it is with great pride that we are able to resign this agreement with the IPC and ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games continue to be held in the same host cities until 2016.” He added, "Our continued financial support to the Paralympics shows that the Olympic Movement is universal and also indicates the importance that the Paralympic Games have in promoting sport to the youth of the world – one of the fundamental principles of Olympism.”
“The extension of the IOC-IPC Agreement secures the medium term growth of the Paralympic Games and Movement and underlines the close co-operation, which the IPC and the IOC have and continue to enjoy with each other. The IPC is pleased that thanks to this Agreement, Paralympic athletes can, for the Paralympic Games in 2014 and 2016, now look forward to once again competing in the same city and to benefiting from the same conditions for official travel and accommodation as Olympic athletes,” said IPC President Sir Philip Craven.
The Paralympic Games have always been held in the same year as the Olympic Games. Since the Seoul Summer Games (1988) and the Albertville Winter Games (1992), they have also taken place at the same venues as the Olympic Games. On 19 June 2001, an agreement was signed between the International Olympic Committee and the IPC aiming to secure and protect the organisation of the Paralympic Games. The agreement reaffirmed that the Paralympic Games, from 2008 on, will always take place shortly after the Olympic Games, using the same sports venues and facilities. From the 2012 bid process onwards, the host city chosen to host the Olympic Games will be obliged to host the Paralympics as well.
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