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The IPC - Who we are

About us

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The IPC's vision is‘To enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the summer and winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for ten sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.

The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’

Enable - Creating conditions for athlete empowerment

Para athletes - The primary focus, from initiation to elite level

Achieve - Sporting excellence is the goal of a sport centred organisation

Inspire and excite - Touch the heart of all people for a more equitable society

Founded on 22 September 1989 as a non-profit organisation, it is based in Bonn, Germany and aims to develop sports opportunities for all people with an impairment from the beginner to elite level.

It employs more than 70 people from 20 countries and is composed of a General Assembly (highest decision making body), a Governing Board (executive body), a Management Team and various Standing Committees and Councils.

Aspiration

To make for a more inclusive society for people with an impairment through Para sport.

Paralympic Values

Courage

Para athletes through their performances showcase to the world what can be achieved when testing your body to its absolute limits.

Determination

Para athletes have a unique strength of character that combines mental toughness, physical ability and outstanding agility to produce sporting performances that regularly redefine the boundaries of possibility.

Inspiration

As role models, Para athletes maximise their abilities, thus empowering and exciting others to participate in sport.

Equality

Through sport Para athletes challenge stereotypes and transform attitudes, helping to increase inclusion by breaking down social barriers and discrimination towards people with an impairment.

Management Team

Located at the IPC headquarters are more than 70 team members who work under the Chief Executive Officer in all day-to-day business affairs regarding the Paralympic Movement.