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IPC Statement regarding deaf sports and the Paralympic Games

IPC President Sir Philip Craven was misquoted in report regarding an LSE event. 19 Oct 2013
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Agitos at London

The Paralympic symbol, the Agitos, is featured here at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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By IPC

The IPC President did not say that deaf athletes could compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as the headline suggests.

We note an incorrect report quoting IPC President Sir Philip Craven saying “It is an objective to get some events for deaf athletes into the Paralympics,” in a story that claims deaf athletes could compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Sir Philip Craven did not say this and had been misquoted.

What Sir Philip Craven in fact was referring to is that it is an objective of the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) to get some events for deaf athletes into the Paralympics.

The IPC President also did not say that deaf athletes could compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as the headline suggests.

During the 125th International Olympic Committee annual session in Buenos Aires in September, Sir Philip Craven did have a conversation with new ICSD President Valery Rukhledev about the ICSD’s request for re-inclusion to the Paralympic Movement and talks between the two organisations are ongoing. However, currently there is no plan or timeline in place for the inclusion of deaf athletes into the Paralympic Games.