The International Paralympic Committee officially opened a new Headquarters building in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday (13 January).
IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Lord Mayor of Bonn, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Verena Bentele, Commissioner for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities of the Federal Government of Germany and 12-time Paralympic champion, and Bernd Neuendorf, State Secretary of North Rhine-Westphalia, cut the red ribbon to open the new building.
“The opening of this new building marks a new beginning. The IPC is much bigger now and our influence on making for a more inclusive society around the globe is far greater,” said Sir Philip.
“We now employ 85 people from more than 20 countries and have doubled in size in the last four years alone.
“The IPC is proud to call Bonn and Germany our base. We are always excited to welcome hundreds of guests from around the world each year to our home city.”
The new building accommodates 30 staff from the IPC sports, the Agitos Foundation, Anti-Doping, Medical and Scientific, and Games and Events Technology.
The IPC first opened its Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, in 1999, with just one full-time member of staff.