The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the summer and winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for nine sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.
The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’
Enable - Creating conditions for athlete empowerment
Paralympic Athletes - The primary focus, from initiation to elite level
Achieve - Sporting excellence is the goal of a sport centred organisation
Inspire & Excite - Touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society
Founded on 22 September 1989 as a non-profit organisation, it is based in Bonn, Germany and aims to develop sports opportunities for all people with an impairment from the beginner to elite level.
It employs nearly 70 people from 17 countries and is composed of a General Assembly (highest decision making body), a Governing Board (executive body), a Management Team and various Standing Committees and Councils.
Athletes and the Paralympic Games are at the heart of our Movement. Their performances and incredible stories teach the values of acceptance and appreciation for people with an impairment. The Paralympic Movement builds a bridge which links sport with social awareness thus contributing to the development of a more equitable society with respect and equal opportunities for all individuals.
This value encompasses the unique spirit of the para-athlete who seeks to accomplish what the general public deems ‘unexpected’ but what the athlete knows as ‘truth’. The Paralympic brand and its values are tangible manifestations of what it means to push oneself beyond expectations.
Overcoming obstacles and conquering adversity are popular concepts that resonate with the general public; for the para-athlete, the value is more applicable to pushing ones physical ability to the absolute limit.
The stories and accomplishments of para-athletes induce intense and personal emotions. The Paralympic experience has the power to change lives when the Paralympic Spirit is applied to one’s personal life.
Paralympic sport – from the grassroots to the elite level – reflects Paralympic ideals and also acts as an agent for change to break down social barriers and discrimination against persons with an impairment. The Paralympic Movement strives to create a more equal society through initiatives like the Agitos Foundation, developments projects, education programmes
and gender equality campaigns.
Located at the IPC headquarters are more than 70 team members who work under the Chief Executive Officer in all day-to-day business affairs regarding the Paralympic Movement.