“Many of us in this room have a close connection with Paris and France, including our delegation from the National Paralympic Committee of France."
The Paralympic Movement was united in shock in Mexico City on Friday (13 November) as it observed a minute’s silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks.
Speaking at a welcome dinner ahead of the 17th IPC General Assembly, which takes place in Mexico City this weekend, IPC President Sir Philip Craven spoke of his horror at the events that took place in the French capital.
“What has taken place in Paris is nothing short of sheer horror,” he said. “Tonight the thoughts of the entire Paralympic Movement are with the people of Paris and the great citizens of France.
“So far there are reports of more than 100 innocent people losing their lives and many more being terrorised as they went about their Friday evening. Tonight Paris has witnessed its deadliest attacks since the Second World War.
“Having seen the shocking TV pictures, there are absolutely no words that can describe these barbaric attacks.
“Many of us in this room have a close connection with Paris and France, including our delegation from the National Paralympic Committee of France.
“The entire Paralympic Movement is united in sending our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the people of Paris, who tragically once again are at the centre of a disgusting act of terrorism.”