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19 Jan 2004
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Turin 2006 Paralympic Winter Games: Off to a Good Start

The preparations for the Turin 2006 Paralympic Winter Games are well underway. This is the result of the first visit of the Paralympic Games Liaison Committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to the Turin 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC), which concluded on Friday 16 January 2004.

1,200 participants from more than 40 countries
The Paralympic Games, which are the equivalent to the Olympic Games for athletes with a disability, will take place shortly after the Olympic Winter Games, from 10 to 19 March 2006, using the same sporting facilities. Around 1,200 participants (including athletes and officials) from more than 40 countries will be involved.

New: wheelchair curling
The athletes will compete in four sports (Alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling). A new sport will be added to the Paralympic programme in Turin: wheelchair curling.

Great opportunity
François Terranova, Chairperson of the IPC Games Liaison Committee said after the meeting: "This is a great opportunity for Turin and the whole of Italy to enhance the visibility of sports for athletes with a disability and the visibility of the community of those with a disability as a whole."

TOROC committed
The commitment of the entire TOROC staff, led by the CEO Valentino Castellani, who opened the meeting, impressed the members of the Committee. Tiziana Nasi, TOROC President for the Paralympics commented: "The two sports events have a different personality and are two distinct events. All the same, the strategy must be common – above all in marketing and communications."

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