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IPC looking into options to allow Indians, Costa Ricans and Kenyans to qualify for 2016 Games in Rio

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In a correspondence from International Paralympic Committee’s Director of Media and Communications Craig Spence to ParaSport News today, he said that options were being explored to allow athletes from Kenya, Costa Rica and India to qualify for and compete in the 2016 Summer Paralympics, saying, “[W]e always look into solutions for them to compete in events.  We have 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 from all three countries can be potentially accommodated for the upcoming IPC World Championships in various sports this summer.”



The Paralympic Committee of India and the Kenya National Paralympic Committee were suspended last Wednesday because of internal political problems inside the National Paralympic Committees (NPC).  The  Comite Paralimpico de Costa Rica was suspended on March 4  over issues as to which organization was the officially recognized governing body by the Costa Rican government.


According to the IPC Handbook Chapter 3.7 IPC Policy on Suspension of an IPC Member Organisation, “A member under suspension automatically loses all rights and privileges in accordance with Article 9.6 of the IPC Constitution.”  NPCs have 21 days to appeal, and their “must take the form of a written “Notice of Appeal”.”

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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