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IPC assures Costa Rican athletes they can compete in Toronto 2015

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After the suspension of Comité Paralímpico Costarricense on March 4th, ParaSport News contacted the IPC for a comment. Craig Spence, Communications Director for the IPC, stated that the IPC “was contacted by Federacion Paralimpica de Costa Rica claiming they were recognised by the government and that our current member NPC Costa Rica (Comité Paralímpico Costarricense) was not recognised.  Until we clarify the situation fully we [have] decided to suspend our member NPC Costa Rica”.



Spence went on to explain that it was unclear when the matter will be solved, “We are now following a process whereby we hope to establish for ourselves who is recognised by the government and who is not.  Due to the complexity of the situation we have placed no timeline on finalising this matter.” As it currently stands, the suspended NPC is responsible for the Toronto 2015 selections, but Spence indicated this may change “once we can determine from the government who they officially recognise”.


The IPC has already assured Costa Rican athletes that they can compete in August’s Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, and are looking into the possibility of how athletes can be potentially accommodated for the upcoming IPC World Championships in various sports this summer.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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