Classification First in Bonn

From 26 to 27 April, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Committee met to discuss implementation, education and research related to the approved IPC Classification Code. 01 May 2008 By IPC

Furthermore, the importance of encouraging evidence based classification systems was also discussed and collaboration with the IPC Sport Science Committee on this subject was acknowledged.

"The approval of the Code in November was a critical step after four years of development and input by all stakeholders of the Paralympic Movement," said Trish Jensen, IPC Classification Committee Chairperson. “And, now we must turn our sights to what it means for implementation, particularly related to the goal of achieving harmonious approaches to classification policies and procedures, and research. Ultimately, the result will be greater understanding by athletes, coaches and officials, and an approach for competition that enhances all elements of elite competition", she added.

The Committee recently welcomed new members whose task is to continue planning for implementation of the Classification Code by the beginning of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. In addition, members will be available to International Federations and National Paralympic Committees for presentations that further develop understanding and awareness of the Code.

Prior to the IPC Classification Committee meeting, an expert group in support of the IPC Athletics Classification Research, led by Dr. Sean Tweedy, met in Bonn for four days to discuss the IPC Membership feedback to the proposed revised IPC Athletics Classification Manual and to develop reliable and valid measurement instruments in support of the renewed classification system. Both IPC Athletics and the IPC Classification Committee were briefed on the current project status in the end of their meetings.