FIPFAFIPFA have been invited to attend the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

FIPFA is continuing in its quest for powerchair football to be included as a Paralympic discipline.  FIPFA was awarded the status of an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Recognised International Federation in 2009.

Ricky Stevenson, FIPFA Director of Sport, will attend the IPC Games Academy, which is held during the games and is targeted towards observers who wish to learn more around games organisation. FIPFA has been invited to take part in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Observers’ Programme.  Ricky will spend 10 days in Rio and will attend various workshops to understand more about the logistics of large athletic events.

Main Objectives of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Observers’ Programme are to:

  • Provide the opportunity to meet and benefit from the expertise of the Rio 2016 Functional Managers and Venue General Managers
  • Observe  Games functions, processes and staff in Games mode
  • Observe and understand the physical Games environment
  • Benefit from commentary and analysis by Paralympic Games function specialists (Rio 2016 Managers plus IPC Staff and Advisors)
  • Highlight the distinctive elements of the Paralympics in the presentation and operations of the Games
  • Assist in the developing a record of processes, operational modes, and policies which will support and help in the organisation of their Games or event.

Ricky will provide a report at the next FIPFA Congress about the trip and experiences gained.  A decision will then be taken to decide how is best to proceed with an application to the IPC for inclusion in 2024.

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