Canoe/Kayak is a Paralympic Sport beginning in 2016

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At a meeting in Guangzhou, China, the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC) Governing Board has voted to increase the number of sports at the
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to 22 with the addition of para-canoe and
para-triathlon to the existing Sports Programme.

In July this year seven sports submitted applications to the IPC to be
included in the Summer Games programme. All applications, together with
the 20 existing sports, were reviewed and evaluated by the IPC and a
recommendation presented to the Governing Board to make their decision.

After a discussion about each application, the IPC Governing Board took
part in a series of votes.

The first vote found the Governing Board unanimously in favour of
maintaining all 20 existing sports in the Rio 2016 Programme.

A second vote saw the group then decide to increase the number of sports
in 2016 – seven were in favour and three against.

The Board were then invited to vote on the recommendations provided to
them by the IPC Management Team that only para-canoe and para-triathlon
should be considered for inclusion in a expanded Sports Programme. The
Board found in favour by six to four.

Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC said: “I would like to thank all
seven sports for submitting applications to the IPC to be included in
the summer Sports Programme.

“All sports, including those involved in the current Programme, were
assessed against the same criteria during a lengthy process which
started in the second half of 2009.

“Congratulations must go to para-canoe and para-triathlon who have been
admitted to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games programme alongside our 20
existing sports. We look forward to working with them over the coming
years to manage their smooth transition into the Sports Programme in
time for 2016.

The process to determine the sports programme for Rio 2016 started in
the second half of 2009 when the IPC approached the International
Federations governing the 20 existing sports. All submitted letters of
intent indicating their interest in positioning their sports in the 2016
Programme.

At the same time the IPC also gathered letters of intent from
International Federations who expressed an interest in adding sports.

All sports were then asked to complete a series of questionnaires which
included minimum eligibility and competition proposal, as well as
provide documentation on subjects including World Championships results,
Rules and Regulations and Membership directories.

In addition new sports were asked to complete an organizational
infrastructure questionnaire and classification code self-audit.

The seven new sports which submitted applications to the IPC were:

* Para-Badminton

* Basketball for athletes with Intellectual Disability (ID Basketball)

* Para-Canoe

* Para-Golf

* Powerchair Football

* Para-Taekwondo

* Para-Triathlon

In total 11 members of the 14 strong IPC Governing Board, who are
primarily responsible for the implementation of policies and directions
set by the General Assembly, the supreme authority of the IPC, attended
the meeting in Guangzhou which was held prior to the start of the Asian
Para Games.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place between 7-18 September
2016.

For more information about the International Paralympic Committee,
please visit www.paralympic.org

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