IPC Governing Board Meets in Whistler

The first meeting of 2010 for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board (GB) took place today at the Paralympic Family Hotel in Whister, Canada. 10 Mar 2010 By IPC

The IPC GB, elected last November at the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was updated about the financial budget for 2010, as well as approved the provisonal membership for San Marino, with official ratification by the IPC General Assembly in 2011.

Members of the IPC Standing Committees in Anti-Doping, Sport Science and Women in Sport were additionally approved, as well as the annual statistical report on IPC's doping control activities. The IPC GB also granted three International Federations the status of "IPC recognized International Federations", including the Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA), the International Handball Federation (IHF) and the International Standing Ice Hockey Federation (ISIHF). In March 2009, the IPC GB approved a policy for granting status of IPC Recognized International Federations in order to formerly associate with international federations that are not members of the IPC, but have developed sports for athletes with a disability.

With regard to the outlook for the future, detailed Paralympic Games progress was presented for London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, as well as the publication of the qualification criteria for 2012.

The Governing Board is the representative of the IPC Membership, elected at the General Assembly in accordance with nomination and election procedures adopted by the IPC Membership at the 2004 Extraordinary General Assembly. The GB is responsible for overseeing the affairs of the IPC in between meetings of the General Assembly.

The IPC GB is primarily responsible for the implementation of policies and directions set by the GA. Additionally, the Governing Board provides recommendations on membership to the General Assembly, including motions received from members. It is also responsible for approving budgets and audited accounts, IPC Rules and Regulations, membership of IPC Committees and the Paralympic Games.

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