International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons travelled to Iceland between 9 and 10 March to meet with the nation's leaders and discuss the development of the Paralympic Movement across the country and the world.
During his visit, Parsons met with Iceland President Guoni Th. Johannesson and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdottir, along with Lilja Alfreosdóttir, Minister of Education and Sport, and Asmundur Einar Daoason, Minister of Welfare and Children Affairs.
Parsons said: "Just spent the last two days visiting Iceland. I am impressed with the high profile of Paralympic sport in the country and how the National Paralympic Committee is a fundamental partner of both the Ministries of Social Affairs, and Education & Sport in a holistic approach to persons with disabilities on a national level.
"I also met with Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland and Mrs. Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the nation’s Prime Minister, to discuss the future developments of the Paralympic Movement in Iceland and worldwide. I have also visited the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland where I was greeted by its president, Lárus Blöndal, who briefed me on the structure of Icelandic sport.
"It was a pleasure to spend time with some Paralympic athletes who are fighting to qualify for Tokyo and share views with them. The entire time I was there, I was accompanied by NPC Iceland president Thordur Arni Hjaltested, with whom I had excellent discussions about his organisation and the IPC. I thank everyone for their hospitality and congratulations on their great work."