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Federación Paralímpica de Costa Rica visit Comité Paralimpico Español Director General in Madrid

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Federación Paralímpica de Costa Rica representatives are currently in Madrid, and earlier today they met with Comité Paralimpico Español Director General Alberto Jofre at the Consejo Superior de Deportes in Madrid, Spain.  Two days ago, representatives of the Federación were with Costa Rican athletes at the Slovak Table Tennis Open in Bratislava.
Meanwhile, Comite Paralimpico Costarricense has been busy supporting and traveling with Costa Rican athletes in other sports including athletics and swimming.  Many of these athletes are currently preparing for the 2015 Parapan American Games scheduled to take place in August in Toronto, Canada.  The event will be one of the biggest disability sporting events of the year, and is an important qualifying event for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.

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Costa Rica’s International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recognized National Paralympic Committee, Comite Paralimpico Costarricense, is currently suspended by the IPC.  This took place in March, after Federación Paralímpica de Costa Rica contacted the IPC with the claim that  Comite Paralimpico Costarricense is not recognized by the government.  At the present, both organizations appear to be competing for control of the Paralympic movement in Costa Rica.  While athletes from suspended NPCs are normally not allowed to compete at IPC events, provisions have been made that allow Costa Rican athletes to continue to compete while the situation is resolved.
 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2529 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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