"I am delighted that he will be part of our family and help us to develop the Paralympic Movement”, said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President.
Mr. Ali Bin Ali will join existing members, including HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxemburg, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Soprano Maria Guleghina, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan and business woman and lifelong Paralympic sport supporter Thérèse Rein as an ambassador for the Paralympic Movement. He will be effectively helping the IPC to disseminate the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality to an ever-expanding audience.
Amongst other guests and high officials, Mr. Ali Bin Ali attended the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and visited several competitions.
Said Mr. Ali Bin Ali: "I am honoured to be part of this distinguished board which serves a great purpose of raising public awareness and funding for the Paralympic Movement. I would like to thank Sir Philip and his Board for giving me the opportunity to participate in a movement that ensures the issue of sports for people with a disability is high on the agenda of every country."
”Mr. Ali Bin Ali is already actively involved in Paralympic sport, leading the way in developing purpose built facilities for athletes with a disability. I am delighted that he will be part of our family and help us to develop the Paralympic Movement”, said Sir Philip Craven, IPC President.
The IPC, as the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, decided in 2003 to create an Honorary Board to allow leaders of society an opportunity to support the vision of the Paralympic Movement. The goal is to strive in keeping the issue of Paralympic Sport high on the agenda of the global community. Honorary Board Members assist the IPC in creating opportunities for raising awareness and funding, through the Member’s network of contacts and sphere of influence.