Yesterday, the International Paralympic Committee announced that they had officially recognized Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne.
Recognition means the future potential for a sport to potentially be included on the Paralympic programme. It also means the organization has agreed to and taken steps to comply with the IPC Medical Code, the IPC Classification Code and World Anti-Doping Code. The federation also needs to have developed a classification process to allow fair competition for different disability types.
The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne has over 100 national federations. Some of these federations have already been involved in developing programs to encourage participation of people with disabilities. This includes Penathalon GB, who first created a program in 2012.
The IPC recognises six other international federations including the Badminton World Federation, International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, International Handball Federation, International Hockey Federation, World Taekwondo Federation and the International Federation of PowerChair Football Association.