June 5 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched a review of the Classification Code it uses to class athletes for all sports at the Games, which could see approved changes in place as early as in 2015.
The body is now calling on Paralympic stakeholders to suggest "reasonable amendments" to the current code, which was adopted in 2007 to provide "equitable competition through processes that are robust, transparent and fair".
"The IPC Classification Code is one of the basics of Parasport, through which each sport commits to the development of sport-specific and evidence-based classification systems," the IPC's medical and scientific director, Peter Van de Vliet, said.
"This is achieved by identifying eligible impairments specific to each sport, describing accurate methods of sport-specific assessment of athletes, and detailing classification policies and procedures.
"Feedback from our stakeholders on this Code is vital and will only help us strengthen classification across sports for the future."
The Classification Code review will include two consultation rounds, with the first already underway and running until September 30 of this year and the second taking place from June 1 to September 30, 2014.
The IPC Classification Committee and Governing Board will review the feedback from the first consultation, before a first draft of the modified code is circulated to the membership for the second round.
The modified Code will then be presented by the IPC Governing Board as a motion at the 2015 General Assembly.
The amendments are expected to take effect within one year of approval.
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