The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board has voted to increase the number of sports at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to 22, with the addition of para-canoe and para-triathlon to the existing Sports Programme.
In July this year seven sports submitted applications to the IPC to be included in the Summer Games programme. All applications, together with the 20 existing sports, were reviewed and evaluated by the IPC and a recommendation presented to the Governing Board to make their decision.
After a discussion about each application, the IPC Governing Board took part in a series of votes. The final vote saw the board vote in favour of para-canoe and para-triathlon being included in an expanded Sports Programme.
Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC said:
“Congratulations must go to para-canoe and para-triathlon who have been admitted to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games programme alongside our 20 existing sports. We look forward to working with them over the coming years to manage their smooth transition into the Sports Programme in time for 2016. For those sports that were unsuccessful, we will offer to meet each one individually to offer feedback on why they were not included and what steps they can take to present a stronger case should they decide to apply for inclusion again in future years.”
The process to determine the sports programme for Rio 2016 started in the second half of 2009 when the IPC approached the International Federations governing the 20 existing sports. All submitted letters of intent indicating their interest in positioning their sports in the 2016 Programme.
At the same time the IPC also gathered letters of intent from International Federations who expressed an interest in adding sports. All sports were then asked to complete a series of questionnaires which included minimum eligibility and competition proposal, as well as provide documentation on subjects including World Championships results, Rules and Regulations and Membership directories. In addition new sports were asked to complete an organisational infrastructure questionnaire and classification code self-audit.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place between 7-18 September 2016.
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