During two days of meetings, the GB discussed and approved several issues, including new members of the IPC Anti-Doping, TUE and Classification Committee and the programme for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Furthermore, the Board received updates on the work of various IPC Standing Committees and Councils as well as information on the results of the Financial Year 2007. Additionally, the Governing Board discussed its roles and responsibilities and its involvement in events and initiatives.
One part of the meeting was attended by the Chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Sebastian Coe to discuss the preparations and sponsorship opportunities of the London 2012 Paralympics.
“LOCOG has recently conducted some market research which shows that 69 % of people in the UK want to see more coverage of the Paralympic Games. This shows an appetite and an understanding in the UK market, where the BBC and others have already done a lot to generate knowledge – there was 98 % awareness of the Paralympic Games in the audience we surveyed. Sponsors throughout the world should think about the unparalleled opportunities getting involved in the Paralympic Games can bring,“ he stated.
Together with more than hundred guests from sport, the German government, partners, sponsors and media, the members of the Governing Board also attended the annual IPC Reception to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese “Year of the Rat”.
The next Governing Board Meeting will take place in May 2008 in Tehran, Iran.