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25 Nov 2003
Olympic News

New Structures for IPC

At its General Assembly in Turin, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) adopted a motion which outlines new governance structures. "This implies
that an IPC Governing Board will replace the present IPC Executive Committee", explained IPC President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Phil Craven.

14-member board
The Governing Board will be composed of 14 members, 12 of whom will be elected by the General Assembly: a President, a Vice-President and ten board members.

An athlete representative on the board
An Athletes' Representative, elected by the Athletes' Council, and the IPC Headquarters CEO will also be part of the Governing Board. An extraordinary General Assembly will be held in 2004 to approve the new electoral system.

13 sports
Currently, the IPC acts as the international umbrella body for 13 sports. A motion was voted through at the General Assembly that will facilitate the process of independence for these IPC sports, when democratically agreed by the respective Sports Assembly and when in accordance with IPC regulations.

Eight new members
The General Assembly also ratified the membership of eight National Paralympic Committees (NPCs): Botswana, Congo, Ghana, Malta, Mauritius, Tanzania, Togo and Turkey.

Learn more on the International Paralympic Committee
Official website of Turin 2006
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