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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
22-April-2015 17:11 IST
Government Seeks International Paralympic Committee Support for the Smooth Functioning of the Paralympic Movement in India

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has urged the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to form an adhoc committee to work in place of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) till a federation is granted recognition by IPC for para sports in India. In a letter sent to Chief Executive Officer, IPC Sir Xavier Gonzalez, the Ministry said the request is being sent with a view to seeking IPC support for the smooth functioning of the Paralympic movement in India.

The letter said, in case, any inputs are required from Govt. of India in this regard, the Government will provide the same including suggestions on formation of the adhoc committee. Alternately, IPC may authorize the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India to constitute an adhoc committee.

The letter said, in the interregnum, IPC may authorise Sports Authority of India (an autonomous body of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India) to send entries of the Para athletes in the country for IPC sanctioned tournaments.

The letter said, an early action is solicited in the best interest of development and promotion of para sports in India and to protect the interests of Indian Para athletes.

International Paralympic Committee on 15th April, 2015 has suspended Paralympic Committee of India with immediate effect stating that henceforth none of the athletes recommended by PCI will be allowed to enter in any IPC sanctioned competition. Pursuant to the IPC’s decision, Government of India has also suspended PCI.