Russian Pavel Rozhkov has agreed to become the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation's (IWAS) first-ever 2nd vice-president, it has been announced.
Rozhkov, the chief executive of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), has been given the role owing to his extensive experience within the Movement and his continued excellent service to athletes, it is claimed.
The position was created following the during the 2013 IWAS General Assembly of Nations, held in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands, and IWAS President Paul Depace has now made the appointment formal.
Rozhkov has been a member of the IWAS Executive Board since 2013 and he will remain in this role until the next elections in 2017.
As well as his RPC commitments, he is also a part of the Federation of Physical Culture and Sport for Persons with Physical Disabilities of Russia.
He will be tasked with continuing the development of the Federation as his home country prepares to host the IWAS World Games, due to take place in last year's Olympics and Paralympics host city Sochi from September 26 to October 3.
The Games will see athletes competing in archery, arm wrestling, athletics, taekwondo, swimming and table tennis, and represent a significant step on the road to next year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Yug-Sport Sport Centre will host the athletics, archery, taekwondo, arm wrestling and table tennis tournaments, while swimming will be contested at the Swimming Pool Grand Hotel Polyana.
They have already begun their marketing and promotion of the event after they launched their logo alongside their official Facebook page.
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