(ATR) Three different Paralympic Villages and all competition venues were approved by the International Paralympic Committee for the Beijing Paralympics.
In total, five competition venues were approved during the IPC Governing Board meeting at its headquarters in Germany. Athletes will be housed in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou as part of the master plan, the three clusters used in the Olympics as well.
Para bobsleigh was not officially added to the program as the IPC delayed to September a decision on including the sport. Para bobsled was conditionally added to Beijing 2022 in 2016, on condition the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation met certain conditions.
The governing board discussed the ongoing suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee. The IPC taskforce in charge of managing the suspension did not deliver a presentation because there has been “no progress made in meeting the final two reinstatement criteria” by Russia.
In addition to Beijing decisions, the IPC said in a statement it received reports on the progress of Tokyo 2020 preparations and the ongoing IPC governance review. The review started last May. The IPC says it held its first joint meeting with the Athletes' Council to hear on the “development of its strategic plan” and problems facing the Para athlete community.
“The ongoing Governance Review was discussed as was the need to increase membership engagement before, during and after September’s IPC Membership Gathering in Madrid,” Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said in a statement.
Written by Aaron Bauer
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