The British Paralympic Association (BPA) warmly welcomes the news that Sir Philip Craven was yesterday re-elected as President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the world organisation for Paralympic sport.
Sir Philip was re-elected at the IPC General Assembly, which was held in Athens. It will be his fourth and final term as President, a position which sees him direct and lead the Paralympic movement worldwide.
Tim Reddish, Chair of the British Paralympic Association, said:
“As his nominating body, the BPA membership and board have been fully supportive of Sir Philip Craven’s campaign from the very beginning, and on behalf of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain I would like to send our congratulations on his re-election.
“Sir Philip has been a dedicated and passionate advocate of Paralympic sport and under his stewardship we have seen the Paralympic movement develop tremendously. After the success of the London Games, the Paralympic movement now faces possibly the most important period in its history and it is crucial that Sochi is a success and Rio is even better than London 2012. We are delighted that the news means Sir Philip will continue to lead the movement through such a vital time and we have every confidence that he will recognise and respond to the challenges ahead and continue to drive the movement forward tirelessly over the next four years.”
Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport said:
“I am delighted that Sir Philip Craven has been re-elected as President of the IPC. He has brought real passion and skill to the role and under his leadership Paralympic sport enjoyed a step change following the huge success of London 2012 with sold out venues and a real appreciation of the truly world class standard of the competition.”
“Sir Philip’s re-election is another example of Britain’s desire to play a full role in the international sporting community. UK Sport’s own commitment to supporting Paralympic sport also saw a 43 per cent increase on London 2012 funding for athletes on our World Class Programme preparing for Rio 2016 and beyond.”
The BPA also congratulates Andrew Parsons on his election to the position of Vice President of the IPC.
In June, the BPA confirmed that it would nominate Sir Philip Craven for the post of President of the International Paralympic Committee, following a full process of consideration, including a presentation to the membership by Sir Philip and his nomination was confirmed unanimously by the BPA Board.
Find out more about the British Paralympic Association at www.paralympics.org.uk