Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Paralympics boss to have no say on 2024 and 2028 games venues



The head of the Paralympic movement will have no say on whether the 2024 games is held in Paris or Los Angeles because of an "election timing issue".
The new president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is due to be elected in early September, but the successful candidate will not automatically become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in time to vote on the venue.
 
 
That means "there will be no representative from the IPC voting in Lima" on 13 September, the IOC said.
"Sir Phil Craven will no longer be an IOC member once his mandate within the IPC ends," the IOC said.
 
 
Whoever is chosen to succeed Sir Philip Craven as IPC President will, under IOC rules, have to be proposed to its members' election commission first.
 
 
That body then reports to the IOC executive board, which proposes a candidate to the session, and it is the session alone which can elect an IOC member.
 
 
Leaders of the Paralaympics movement are pushing to retain their vote, with Mr Craven telling AP that "something has to be worked out".
IPC Vice President Andrew Parsons, one of the candidates bidding to replace Craven, has called it "unfortunate," adding that it is "purely a timing issue" which "cannot be avoided".
 
 
It is thought that whichever of the rival bids loses out in 2024 will be selected for the following games in 2028 - but only if the full IOC membership ratifies the board's request to award both Summer Games at the September meeting.
 
 
Both cities will present their bids to IOC members next Tuesday in Lausanne.
 
 
Neither has commented on the Paralympic leadership not participating in the vote.





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