Last week, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that they had provisionally recognized the Costa Rican National Olympic Committee as the country’s National Paralympic Committee. This clears the way for Costa Rican Paralympians to compete under their own flag at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Costa Rica has been suspended by the IPC since early 2015 after a dispute over which organization was the government recognized National Paralympic Committee. The provisional recognition of the Costa Rican National Olympic Committee was done after Costa Rica’s Ministry of Sport agreed to start the process to amend the National Sports and Recreation law to give recognition to the country’s NPC. The period of provisional recognition is scheduled to end after the Rio Games, by which time Costa Rica should then be back in compliance as it relates to government recognition. If they are, the NPC will be unsupsended. If they are not, the suspension will continue.
Costa Rican athletes have been busy participating in a number of qualifying events ahead of the 2016 Games, including at last year’s Parapan American Games in Toronto.