Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Paris, France – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that its Governing Board officially approved FIPFA as an International Federation.

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, met with Robert Thomson, FIPFA Secretary General, following the IPC board session held under the impressive Petronas Twin Towers at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in the Malaysian capital to share the news that Powerchair Football is going to new heights in the international sports world. FIPFA’s intention to apply to include Powerchair Football in the Rio 2016 Sports Programme was also discussed by the IPC board, along with those concerning eight other sports *.

IPC President Sir Philip Craven also took time out of his busy schedule ahead of the IPC General Assembly and Conference to welcome Powerchair Football. The IPC officials briefed the Secretary General on some of the challenges ahead for the Paralympic Movement. With a formal relationship with IPC now developing, FIPFA can more easily contribute its views in the global debate on such important questions as gender balance in sport, as well as the wider inclusion of those athletes with high support needs.

FIPFA has exemplary experience enabling both male and female athletes with a severe disability of all ages to Achieve Sporting Excellence and Inspire and Excite the World and looks forward to developing greater access to sport in accordance with this Paralympic Vision.

The year ahead will be a busy one for both of these world sporting bodies, with the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games in March 2010 and the opening of bids for the Powerchair Football World Cup. Nonetheless, time will be found in the coming months for a first official visit by FIPFA to the IPC headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

(FIPFA Communications Commission)

* See the IPC media centre for the announcement, including the list of other International Federations in the new line up:

http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/General_News/2009_11_18_b.html