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.