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03 Oct 2014
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IOC celebrates IPC's 25th anniversary

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today congratulated the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on its 25th anniversary, being celebrated this weekend in Berlin.

IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a video message to IPC President Sir Philip Craven and the more than 260 people in attendance, including Sam Ramsamy, IOC delegate member to sport for athletes with a disability.

“You have achieved a lot starting with your founding President, Dr Robert Steadward, and then under the leadership of Sir Philip,” President Bach said. “Both have done tremendous work for the IPC. You have changed your philosophy completely. Now you are an organisation which is looking for performance, which is very much athletes-centred and which is really capturing the hearts of the people. Therefore you have every good reason to celebrate today.”

In addition to celebrating its anniversary, the IPC is set to discuss the future strategic direction of the Paralympic Movement. IPC President Craven spoke of the need for continuing to adapt to changing circumstances in the years ahead during his keynote speech.

“Whilst it’s important we reflect on what we have achieved together over the last 25 years, it is crucial that we listen, debate, discuss and shape where we go from here,” he said. “Together we have achieved a lot in a short space of time, but we cannot afford to be complacent and dwell on our successes so far. The sporting world is evolving all the time and we need to be leading the way, working together to overcome the challenges we face and take advantage of the many opportunities that are out there.”

The IPC was established on 22 September 1989 and signed its first agreement with the IOC in 2000. Sir Philip said the key to the growth of the Paralympic Games over the last 25 years was due to the partnership with the IOC.

IOC Member Ramsamy, meanwhile, praised the close relationship between the two organisations.

“The IOC and the IPC have a partnership agreement continuing until 2020. I am certain that this agreement will again be renewed for a further period. The IOC provides support for the IPC as a fully-fledged international sports organisation,” Ramsamy said. “Please be assured that the IOC will continue its support for the IPC and its ever-growing programme for the development of sport. This will assure a win-win situation for both our institutions. Once again, congratulations to the IPC for reaching this outstanding milestone and for a successful and fruitful future for the next 25 years.”

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