IPC Standing Committee members announced

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the members for its Standing Committees, including the appointment of the new Anti-Doping Chairperson Dr. Matthias Kamber.

Kamber, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Swiss National Anti-Doping Organisation, will preside over the seven-member committee that is responsible in consulting and advising the IPC on issues related to fight against doping throughout the Paralympic Movement.

As part of his role as Chairperson, Kamber will appoint his committee members in the coming weeks.

The composition of six other Standing Committees were also confirmed, with the Audit and Finance, Classification, Education and Medical Committees each having a new athlete member.

Israel’s Paralympic and world rowing medallist Moran Samuel is one of the additions to the Classification Committee.

“The reason I applied for the Classification Committee was because I believe classification is the core of Paralympic sport, and we should keep finding ways to balance between fair play and maximal competitiveness,” Samuel said.

“I hope I can bring an athlete perspective, and I think that the combination of being a former wheelchair basketball player, and in the last eight years a rower gives me two different experiences of the classification system. Also, my background as a physiotherapist is a big help for me in understanding many of the medical, physical and functional aspects of classification.”

All members of the Women in Sport Committee (WiSC) are new, with the Netherlands’ Rita van Driel chairing the Committee.

“I am extremely happy with the new members of the WiSC who all bring extensive knowledge and experience around this important topic from different member organisations of the Movement all over the world,” van Driel said.

“The IPC aims to achieve a gender equal Paralympic Movement by ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities to participate and succeed in all areas,” she continued about the WiSC’s priorities. “Since we are not there yet, there is an important role for the WiSC to go beyond aspirational notions to achieve action-oriented results. Since we first need to get a better understanding of the barriers that prevent women from becoming leaders or to engage in Para sport, the WiSC will carry out an IPC Gender Equality Review.”

Audit and Finance Committee

• Chairperson: Duane Kale, NZL

• Gadiel Blusztein, ISR (re-appointment)

• Hilda Gibson, GBR (re-appointment)

• Jock O’Callaghan, AUS

• Michelle Stilwell, Canada (athlete)

Classification Committee

• Chairperson: Dr. Anne Hart, USA (re-appointment)

• Graham Arthur, GBR (re-appointment)

• Scott Field, RSA (re-appointment)

• Erin Popovich, USA (re-appointment)

• Moran Samuel, ISR (athlete)

• Dr. Juergen Schwittai, GER (re-appointment)

• Dr. Sean Tweedy, AUS (re-appointment)

Education Committee

• Chairperson: Nick Fuller, GBR (re-appointment)

• James Chiutsi, MAW

• Miki Matheson, JPN

• Steven Ungerleider, USA (re-appointment)

• Lucha Villar, PER

• Yu Chui Yee, HKG (athlete)

Medical Committee

• Chairperson: Dr. Cheri Blauwet, USA (re-appointment)

• Dr. Manos Bogdos, GRE (athlete)

• Dr. Wayne Derman, RSA (re-appointment)

• Dr. Guzel Idrisova, RUS (re-appointment)

• Dr. James Kissick, CAN (re-appointment)

• Dr. Jan Lexell, SWE (re-appointment)

• Dr. Fariba Mohammadi, IRI

• Dr. Nick Webborn, GBR (re-appointment)

Paralympic Games Committee

• Interim Chairperson: Tim Hollingsworth, GBR (re-appointment to Committee)

• Masoud Ashrafi, IRI (re-appointment)

• Evgeny Bukharov, RUS (re-appointment)

• Dena Coward, CAN (re-appointment)

• Julie Dussliere, USA (re-appointment)

• Lambis Konstantinidis, GRE (re-appointment)

• Cyril Moré, FRA (re-appointment/athlete)

• Terje Jentoft Roel, NOR (re-appointment)

• Matt Smith (Chairperson) is currently inactive for health reasons

Women in Sport Committee

• Chairperson: Rita van Driel, NED

• Fiona Allan, NZL

• Asa Llianres Norlin, SWE

• Leandro Olvech, ITTF

• Karen O’Neill, CAN

• Sonia Bidouh, TUN

More details on each of the IPC Standing Committees and their functions can be found on the International Paralympic Committee website.

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Чемпионат Европы по пара-пауэрлифтингу, на котором я выступала в качестве медицинского делегата международного Паралимпийского комитета, проходил в прекрасном городе Берк-сюр-Мер во Франции. Этот городок расположен на берегу знаменитого пролива Ла-Манш между Францией и Великобританией.

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PyeongChang 2018: Neutral Paralympic Athletes delegation named

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has approved and welcomes 30 Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) to compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which open on 9 March.

The delegation features 10 athletes who will compete in alpine skiing, 12 in Nordic skiing and three in snowboard. The Neutral Paralympic Athletes wheelchair curling team will feature five players. Six guides will support athletes who compete with a vision impairment, while the delegation will benefit from a further 39 support personnel and team officials.

All 30 athletes met the qualification criteria for the Games and fulfil the strict eligibility conditions for Russian athletes to compete as neutrals that were published by the IPC on 29 January. This means that all athletes selected for PyeongChang 2018 are part of a registered testing pool, have undergone at least two anti-doping tests in the last six months prior to the Games and participated in, and successfully completed, a Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) anti-doping education session.

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Heads up on concussion in para sport

Heads up on concussion in para sport – British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM)

Concussions to high-profile professional athletes and the $1 billion court settlement between the NFL in the USA and thousands of former NFL players have brought sports concussion to the top of news headlines. The crux of the NFL case centred around retired players’ allegation that the NFL did not warn them about the potential long-term health impact of concussions. Cases such as these alert sport governing bodies to the medicolegal importance of this issue and their responsibility for player safety. For the Para athlete, the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) term for a sportsperson with an impairment, the concussion debate struggles to garner attention. This is partly because funding for epidemiological research in this area is limited. But athletes with a variety of impairments due to a range of medical issues face the risks and consequences of concussive brain injury in Para sports: it is time for paralympic medical and sporting communities to address this important issue.

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Adjustment of the organizational structure of management of the RFSPPI (implication of the classifiers’ department) and formulation of documents that regulate the procedure of classification and training of classifiers in sports for people with physical impairments, was supposed to enhance the efficiency of the RFSPPI (increase the number of athletes with granted sport grade of the national level and the number of classifiers that objectively determine athlete’s sport grade).

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