The Russian Paralympic Committee reported yesterday that International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) discussed adding several new sports at its Executive Board meeting in London. These sports include wheelchair Frisbee, wheelchair floorball, amputee football, and squash. This opens up the sports for possible inclusion on the 2016 and 2017 IWAS World Games program.
The issue was also brought up about providing financial and administrative support to wheelchair hockey. IWAS Committee Wheelchair Hockey/International Committee of Electric Wheelchair Hockey has been dealing with some issues in the past six months that have led to some internal turmoil with in the sport. With new elections for the board having occurred six months ago, all but one of the Board members, Kenny Verbraekel, were replaced. Verbraekel eventually resigned, but was left on as a non-voting external consultant. Fabio Rodo, the new Chairman, is expected to meet with the IWAS Executive Board some time in March to report on wheelchair hockey’s latest issues, and met with IWAS this month. IWAS and wheelchair hockey are currently working together on deciding which bid to accept for the 2016 European Wheelchair Hockey Championships, with Spain and Italy the only contenders after the Netherlands was rejected following a site visit.
The meeting was governed by IWAS President Paul Depace . Chairman of the Board of the Russian Paralympic Committee and First Vice-President of IWAS Pavel Rozhkov was also in attendance for the meeting.