January 18 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sports Council is to meet in Bonn for its annual forum to discuss how Para-sports can grow and progress further following London 2012.
Representatives from all 28 Para-sports, including canoe and triathlon, which will be added to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games programme, will meet tomorrow in the German city to be debriefed on the success of London 2012 and present the latest happenings in their respective sports.
An open discussion will then be held covering key issues to offer recommendations on what to change at future events.
Sochi 2014's head of sports services, Vladimir Petrov, and Rio 2016 sports director Agberto Guimarães, will also give presentations, as well as the IPC's Agitos Foundation, which will offer Para-sports new development opportunities for the future at the grassroots level.
Both IPC President Sir Philip Craven and IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez will attend the meeting, while representatives from badminton and powerchair football will also attend as observers.
"Following the success of London 2012, I am looking forward to hearing the Sports Council members' feedback, as well as their advice how we can further develop the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Movement across all sports," Gonzalez said.
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