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International Paralympic Committee New Years Message

  • Published: 2009-01-04 (Revised/Updated 2009-02-13) : Author: IPC
  • Synopsis: In 2009 the IPC has several big events taking place including the last season of Winter Sport before the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

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In 2009, we have several big events taking place, including the last regular season of Winter Sport before the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the first Paralympic Winter World Cup in Sweden, the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, International Paralympic Day in Berlin, the ten-year anniversary of our headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and 20 years of the IPC. This year also will be the decision for the 2016 Host City of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I would like to welcome each of you into 2009!

The holiday season has now passed and the promise of a prosperous new year is the hope of every individual. I can say that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has widened its view of the possibilities to come after a successful year in 2008.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games were certainly a highlight that will remain a milestone for years to come. With so many records broken, and so many new fans that have gathered around the Paralympic Movement, the future is very bright indeed.

In 2009, we have several big events taking place, including the last regular season of Winter Sport before the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the first Paralympic Winter World Cup in Sweden, the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, International Paralympic Day in Berlin, the ten-year anniversary of our headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and 20 years of the IPC. This year also will be the decision for the 2016 Host City of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

My hope this year is for your confidence, loyalty and interest to remain not just with the IPC and the Paralympic Movement, but most especially with the athletes. They continue to find new ways to demonstrate the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

I wish you all a most fruitful and Happy New Year!

Reference: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by over 160 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Media and Communication Senior Manager on e-mail: steffi.klein@paralympic.org or go to www.paralympic.org


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