Andrew Parsons looks ahead to the IPC's efforts for the continued growth of the Paralympic Movement.
"Behind the IPC and Paralympic
Movement is a monumental team effort. So many people regularly go above and
beyond the call of duty for one simple reason, they believe in what we do, they
believe Change Starts with Sport and they believe in our vision to make for a
more inclusive world through Para sport"
As we begin 2023, I want to share with
you how optimistic and excited I am for the continued growth of the Paralympic
Without a doubt the last two years were
arguably the most demanding in the history of the IPC. During this period, we
did not just survive but we thrived.
To stage the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022
Paralympics within six months of each other took a herculean effort from
everyone involved, but the effort was well worth it.
The Tokyo 2020 Games were a great
success, while Beijing 2022 witnessed incredible sport with young athletes
showing the future of Paralympic winter sport is bright.
Beijing 2022 was also an extremely
challenging Games, with the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
As we head into 2023, I hope and pray
that the conflict in Ukraine ends as soon as possible, that peace is secured,
and that no more innocent lives are lost or impacted.
With regards to COVID-19, I am hopeful
that we are through the worst and that the sport calendar ahead of us will be
uninterrupted, especially with many qualification events for Paris 2024 soon to
The year ahead is packed full with
fantastic sport, including several World and regional Championships.
FIS, as the new body responsible for Para
Snow Sports, will hold its first World Championships, while most of the
Regional Organizations will have their Games and Championships, in Santiago,
Chile, Hangzhou, China, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Accra, Ghana.
2023 will also mark the one year to go mark
until Paris 2024 with up to 3.4 million tickets for the Paralympics going on
sale later in the year.
At the same time, we will keep working
tirelessly to deliver great Games in Milano Cortina 2026, LA 2028, Brisbane
2032 and we will get to know who will host the Winter Paralympics in
Away from the field of play, in the first
quarter of 2023 the IPC will publish its new four-year strategic plan.
Developed following extensive consultation with IPC members and stakeholders,
the plan will detail how we aim to take the Paralympic Movement forward in the
The review of the IPC Classification Code
will continue apace, as will phase two of the IPC’s governance reforms which
will be voted upon at the 2023 IPC General Assembly.
For the IPC and the Paralympic Movement
to flourish during arguably the most difficult period in modern history has
been truly phenomenal.
Thank you to every single athlete,
volunteer, IPC member, employee, the IOC, commercial partner, media
organisation, and stakeholder who contributes.
Behind the IPC and Paralympic Movement is
a monumental team effort. So many people regularly go above and beyond the call
of duty for one simple reason, they believe in what we do, they believe Change
Starts with Sport and they believe in our vision to make for a more inclusive
world through Para sport.
The last 12 months may have been hard,
but it has only made the belief in what we do and our passion to deliver change
through sport even stronger.
Have a wonderful and peaceful 2023.