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IPC tells sailing their 2020 Paralympic dreams are over

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In a press release published yesterday by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the organization said that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) told them their request for inclusion would not happen because the February 3 decision was final, and it would not be revisited.



Two members of ISAF’s Exeutive Board, President Carlo Croce and Vice-President Scott Perry, had a meeting with the IPC last Thursday in Bonn, Germany.  It was attended by IPC Chief Executive Xavier Gonzalez and Paralympic Games Sport & NPC Services Senior Manager Juergen Padberg.  The IPC re-iterated what they had told IFDS earlier, during the selection process.


The IPC also expressed their interest in continuing to work with ISAF as they apply for IPC membership.  They indicated they thought the merger of IFDS and ISAF was a positive thing. ISAF leadership has indicated they plan to seek inclusion of the sport on the 2020 Paralympic program.


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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